Benni weighs in on Kaizer Chiefs saga: 'I hope they don't get punished'

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AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy has defended Kaizer Chiefs following the club's decision not to honour their recent DStv Premiership fixtures against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

Last Friday, no less than 31 club members tested positive for the virus, with the Amakhosi training facilities, notably known as Naturena, being temporarily closed.

After requesting the fixture be postponed, Chiefs proceeded not to travel to FNB Stadium for their Saturday clash against City.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has not officially granted any postponement and is yet to comment on the matter.

On Tuesday, Chiefs confirmed five more positive cases and informed the public they would not travel to KwaZulu-Natal for their league encounter against Arrows.

Meanwhile, other Premiership fixtures continued despite the concerning issue.

After Usuthu's 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates, McCarthy weighed in on the matter, saying he hoped that Amakhosi would not get punished for their stance.

"If the protocols are followed with all the teams, then I don't see why it's necessary for the matches to be cancelled.

"There should be a mutual consent because we are professional, and every team is trying their best to keep the players fit and healthy and safe from getting any Covid so that every third day we can enjoy some good football.

"With Kaizer Chiefs, it is just an unfortunate case where the pandemic spread throughout the whole team.

"So, I think as rightfully so, you can't ask them and go put out an MDC team, or not enough players to go out and perform at that level, which is quite unfair.

"I hope the right thing gets done there, and Kaizer Chiefs don't get punished for something that is happening in the world.

"We have to show compassion, because at the end of the day the people's safety and the players are far more important than a football match."

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