Bafana Bafana clash against Uganda under threat as assistant coach tests positive for Covid-19

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'Jenevski Cedomir addresses media (Gallo)'
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Bafana Bafana's international friendly clash against Uganda scheduled for Thursday has come under increasing threat after assistant coach Cedomir Janevski tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The Macedonian assistant coach, who was selected to oversee the match against The Cranes alongside local assistant Helman Mkhelele, will now be forced to miss the fixture.

Cedomir will be required to spend a period under quarantine away from the squad which rules him out of taking any part in the preparations.

Head coach Hugo Broos is also missing due to being required to undergo a second Covid-19 vaccination jab in his homeland of Belgium.

"As per Covid-19 requirements and protocol, the Bafana Bafana team conducted the second Covid-19 tests on Tuesday for the entire team ahead of the match against Uganda," a SAFA statement read

"Unfortunately, assistant coach Janevski Cedomir tested positive while the rest of the team is negative.

"As is the norm, all team members - players and support staff - are tested ahead of entering into camp and all results were negative. However, during the second round of tests conducted on Tuesday, 8 June 2021, Assistant coach Cedomir tested positive."

Team doctor Tshepo Molobi added: "We continue to check for clinical symptoms and encourage the staff to wear masks without failure, practice social distance and everyone is accommodated separately."

Bafana are scheduled to take on Uganda at Orlando Stadium on Thursday (18:00 kick-off).

On Tuesday, SAFA also confirmed that six players were ruled out of Thursday's clash due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the squad and injuries.

Following Monday's announcement that talisman Percy Tau alongside SuperSport United duo Teboho Mokoena and Sipho Mbule had been ruled out due to Covid-19 contact tracing.

Mamelodi Sundowns trio Mosa Lebusa, Rivaldo Coetzee and Mothobi Mvala were also all ruled out due to injury to hand the Bafana technical team a further setback.

Janevski's positive test meanwhile, casts doubt over the clash against Uganda, especially since he oversaw training sessions and came into close contact with players and staff.

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