DStv Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs are in true Covid-19 chaos. The club has confirmed 31 players and staff have tested positive for the virus.
The report has followed after South Africa’s resurgent Covid-19 infection rates reflected over 10 000 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday night.
Chiefs have also sent a request to the league to postpone the clubs next four games, the news was confirmed in an official statement on Thursday night.
“Our protocols are always strict but we have had to be more stringent in the last two weeks given the increasing number of infections in Gauteng and the country,” the club said on their website.
Chiefs appeal to PSL— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) December 3, 2021
The Club has written to the Premier Soccer League to request for a postponement of the five upcoming games in December against Cape Town City, Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune FC, Royal AM and Maritzburg United https://t.co/spTxl3OiTT#Amakhosi4Life
“Players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs Football Club have been closely monitored for symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been tested regularly. More personnel tested positive this week as we were preparing for Saturday’s game.
“As a result of this outbreak that has seen no less 31 people test positive for COVID-19, the Kaizer Chiefs Village is temporarily closed until next week.
Given the situation, the medical team have conducted contact tracing of primary contacts of those who tested positive and have instructed all players, members of the technical team and staff, including those who tested negative, who are primary contacts to quarantine as per COVID protocols.
“The Club has written to the Premier Soccer League to request for a postponement of the five upcoming games in December against Cape Town City (4 December), Golden Arrows (8 December), Sekhukhune FC (12 December), Royal AM (19 December) and Maritzburg United (22 December) to avoid risk of infection and further spread of the virus and allow those affected to recover and complete their quarantine period before they can play against other teams,” the club added.
Meanwhile, it seems a no-brainer that the PSL will approve the match fixtures and this means Amakhosi won’t be in action until January 2022.
The league is expected to approve the request no later than Friday.