Absa Premiership

Three Stellenbosch FC staff members test positive for coronavirus

Ryan Moon of Stellenbosch FC lines up a wall during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Stellenbosch FC and Supersport United at Cape Town Stadium.
Ryan Moon of Stellenbosch FC lines up a wall during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Stellenbosch FC and Supersport United at Cape Town Stadium.
  • Absa Premiership side Stellenbosch FC received three positive Covid-19 results after undergoing testing ahead of a return to training.
  • All positive cases were from members of staff with no players testing positive.
  • The PSL are unaware of any tests performed and warned that there is a clear directive as to when testing can be done.

Three staff members from Absa Premiership side Stellenbosch FC have tested positive for the coronavirus after undergoing the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) first round of testing.

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Both Cape Town based Absa Premiership sides underwent Covid-19 testing last week, ahead of a return to training and resumption of the 2019/2020 campaign.

The Cape Winelands club underwent testing at their Stellenbosch Academy of Sport training base while Cape Town City also underwent testing over a period of two days on 17 and 18 June.

All top-flight clubs from the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship are required to undergo testing as part of the PSL's directive on a return to training which was approved by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa.

Sport24 can reveal from a source that three staff members tested positive. Another safety concern was another high-ranking member of staff who is known to Sport24 had previously tested positive and was undergoing a second test after a quarantine period.

The strict safety guidelines outlined in the document titled, NSL Directive on Return to Training, highlights that all clubs must adhere to testing before resuming training.

The document states: Teams and all participants will, prior to commencing training, provide proof of Covid-19 testing: one test at least 2-7 days prior to the resumption of training.

Other important safety protocols listed are that all clubs must practice social distancing and that all equipment is regularly sanitised.

A second round of testing is also required before teams enter into a yet to be announced "bio-safe zone" where the remaining PSL fixtures will take place.

PSL Head of Media, Lux September told Sport24 that they were unaware of any testing being done by clubs. The PSL also also made clear that a directive was sent out to all member clubs and testing was only allowed once given the go-ahead.

At the time of writing, despite numerous attempts, Sport24 were unable to reach Stellenbosch FC for comment.