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COVID-19 brings Premier League to it’s knees

 

THREE MORE VODACOM PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS TEST POSITIVE

 

Maseru, July 20 — At least three more Vodacom Premier league players have tested positive after premiership side Manonyane resolved to test a total of 25 players, after Linare also tested their players and four of them returned positive last week.

Manonyane Vice President Resource Mobilisation Mr. Khasake Mahao told the agency that the decision to test of the club’s players was reached after the club had earlier played against Linare whose four of their players tested positive.

He explained that the players have been urged to self quarantine at their homes but that the team could only manage to buy those players medication in a bid to ensure their speedy recovery for the next two weeks.

However, he said the rest of the players will still attend training as usual until the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) advised them otherwise.

Mr. Mahao pointed out that the players had no symptoms and had also been part of the team that played against Sefotha-fotha even though one of them started on the bench with the two having played the entire game.

He stated that as per the requirement of the PLMC, all the teams are expected to screen their players regularly prior and after training even before any league game.

Mr. Mahao said the screening which include taking of the players temperatures as well as sanitisation seem not to be effective if despite having done all that, the players still test positive.

He noted that had it not been that Linare resolved to test their players, it would have been business as usual with no testing of players.

When approached for comment, PLMC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mr. Qamako Mahao said following the COVID-19 positive cases at Linare FC, two other premier league clubs Manonyane and Swallows decided to their players.

However, he said three of Manonyane players results returned positive while luckily for Swallows, all the players results were negative.

”The PLMC therefore instructed all the 16 teams to test their players beginning on Monday to Wednesday,” he explained.

He highlighted that all the premier league mid week fixture has been suspended in order to allow the players to test their players.

Mr. Mahao said after the testing process has been finalised, data will be compiled which will help the PLMC to determine the fate of the premier league, whether it will be suspended or not.

The PLMC PRO conceded that it was going to be costly for the teams to undertake this exercise of testing the players, adding that the PLMC will assist the teams’ where possible.

”The statistics will give a clear picture of what to do for the PLMC and we will have to advise the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) on what to do,” he highlighted.

Lesotho Premier league consists of 16 teams and has been disrupted by the COVID-19, since 2019/20 soccer season in which the PLMC was forced to prematurely end the season by crowning Bantu as the new league champions despite the fixture being half way.

The previous soccer season was also disrupted after the second round was delayed due to the emergence of the COVID-19 second wave since the beginning of the year.

LENA

 

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