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Rest Mutore and Chioniso Mashakada
ZIMBABWEAN footballers in the Zambia Super League are excited with the return of football in the country.
The Zambia Super League becomes the second on the African continent to resume domestic competition after a pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The league, which is now home to more than 20 Zimbabwean footballers, returned to action on Monday after extensive preparations with matches being played behind closed doors.
The league re-started with catch-up games that had been postponed due to teams’ participation in African club competitions – with a lot still to play for.
Buildcon’s trio of Joel Ngodzo, Takudzwa Chimwemwe and Donald Teguru were all in action as they settle for a 1-1 draw against Power Dynamos.
Tafadzwa Rusike was also in the starting lineup as Zesco United played to a 1-1 draw against Kansanshi Dynamos.
H-Metro spoke to some of the players across the Zambezi to share their views on the return of football and if they are not afraid of Covid-19.
Takudzwa Chimwemwe (Buildcon)
We have nothing to fear at our team because no one tested positive to coronavirus unlike other teams. Of course, the fear is there because of the nature of the disease but we are happy to know that we are staying with people without the virus. We got into camp last Tuesday and the results came before our game. So I am not sure how they are going to conduct the testing, it’s most like that they will do it going forward.
Dennis Dauda (Lusaka Dynamos)
It’s good to be back on the pitch again after such a long time. I have said this before, that what we want as footballers is to be on the pitch. We had no option but fight together to stop the spread of the virus.
We are being tested and it is being done regularly. So in much as it’s a scary disease, the professionalism behind everything gives us the confidence.
Jimmy Dzingai (Power Dynamos)
We are happy that football is back since it is our work. It has been boring a bit to be off the pitch for such a long period. But still as it stands it’s boring because there are no supporters. In as far as coronavirus is concerned we are all cautious, we are just practicing what the WHO told us to follow and do. So when you are following everything, there will be no anything to fear.
Kelvin Bingala (Lumwana Radiants)
It’s good to be back on the field and do what I love the most. In terms of coronavirus we are not afraid, it’s all in God’s hands.
Winstone Mhango (Kabwe Warriors)
I am happy that football is back after such a long layoff. Of course everyone is afraid of the virus but it’s good that tests done so that those who have it are isolated and get treatment.
Tanaka Chinyahara (Red Arrows)
I am happy with the return of football. Football has become part of our life and you know some of us have set targets and with the coming in of coronavirus everything was put on hold. Of course there are fears to do with Covid-19 but as it stands the testing that is being done gives us the guarantee.
Dominic Chungwa (Lumwana Radiants)
It’s always a good feeling to be back on the pitch. We have been patient in giving authorities to work on the pandemic and it’s always good to be back.
Ali Sadiki (Kabwe Warriors)
It’s great that the game is back, we had missed it a lot and on the virus of course we are a bit afraid but not that much since we will get tested regularly and before the start of the games