Barker: 'It is a small time to sacrifice'

Steve Barker (PA Images)
Steve Barker (PA Images)

As South Africa enters a second week of lockdown, Stellenbosch FC head coach Steve Barker has urged all citizens to stay the course.

The 21-day stay-at-home order was put in place by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the country tries to curb the spread of Covid-19.

All sports activities were suspended with players sent to train on their own.

The lockdown has been a unique experience for all South African's with most finding it tough going to be separated from family and friends and stuck in one place.

But with social distancing a key factor in fighting against this coronavirus, Barker says we must 'heed our president's call'.

He said on Twitter: "My plead to you is to heed to the call of our president and to be in lockdown for the 21 days.

"It is a small time to sacrifice when people in the past sacrificed many years of their lives to give us freedom.

"The 21 days will allow us to get our freedom back, return to our daily routine, return to playing football so that the football loving fans of this country can come out again and support their teams and have something to watch."

Barker added: "I wish all our fans to be safe during this period, to help stop the Coronavirus and stop if from spreading so that we can overcome it.

"The players are at home on lockdown but we are giving them programs to follow. They are in good spirits but disappointed not to be on the field but they do understand the situation."

- TEAMtalk media

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