Sad news emerging out of Portugal reports that Sphephelo ‘Yaya’ Sithole has become a Coronavirus patient.
The news follows a week after Sithole was handed a breakthrough three-year contract to join Belenenses SAD's first team from the U23s.
"Belenenses informed earlier in the afternoon, through a statement that in the context of preparing for the resumption of work, a player from the U-23 team had a positive result in the Covid-19 detection test,” wrote Portugal’s A Bola as reported and translated via Soccer Laduma.
“The player in question, is the 21-year-old South African midfielder, Sphephelo Yayá Sithole, mostly used in the under-23 team of the Blues of Restelo in the Revelation League (24 matches this season).
“The Jamor club also revealed that, although the test was positive, Yayá never showed symptoms of the disease. The protocols developed for this purpose are being observed and we wish the player a speedy recovery,” added the story.
The club’s Facebook account also confirmed the news but without naming the affected footballer.The club assured that all the necessary safety measures will be followed while also wishing the 21-year-old midfielder a speedy recovery.
“We inform that, in the context of the preparation of the resumption of work, a player from the under-23 team of Belenenses SAD had a positive result in the Covid-19 detection test. The protocols developed for this purpose are being observed. We hope for a quick recovery of the player, who had no symptoms of the disease. According to the protocol previously defined, this information concludes the provision of public clarifications on health cases related to Covid-19.”