ZIMBABWE international, Ovidy Karuru has allayed fears that he might be among the three members of his Stellenbosch FC who tested positive for Covid-19.
Stellenbosch are in Western Cape, a Covid-19 hotspot in South Africa and tests conducted on players and staffers last week on Wednesday show that all their playing personnel tested negative.
“Stellenbosch FC can confirm that three of our staff tested positive for Covid-19 while all the club’s players tested negative.
“Last week‚ the club arranged the testing of all staff and players and provided additional education on the pandemic as well as what will be expected once we get the go ahead to start training.
“It is very unfortunate that three of our staff members tested positive‚ however‚ after obtaining this information we can now assist the individuals to recover as safely and speedily as possible as well as mitigate risk of exposure to other employees.
“The three members are doing well and are now in self-isolation at home,” said the club’s statement.
Speaking to H-Metro last night, Ovidy said while he had tested negative he is worried.
“At least my results came negative but it is scary here in Western Cape because it is a hotspot and I am scared to even go to the shopping mall because the risk is too high there.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu player had spent the better part of the lockdown in Johannesburg and would have loved to stay there until the situation normalizes.
However, the South African Premiership will be back soon and now that government has given them the greenlight it is just a matter of time.
Teams are still conducting individual training.
“Since lockdown, we have been doing individual training. Now you can even use the official training facilities with soccer boots. But we are still to resume team training, which is what we need. With individual training you can easily fool yourself into thinking you are fit.
“With individual running you do not do short sprints, there is no turning and no reaction. We await updates from the league but the sooner we get this done the better. Some of us have not had proper rest,” said Karuru.