The Premier Soccer League’s first round of COVID-19 testing has revealed three cases in the Western Cape club.
According to the report, Stellies players tested on 17 and 18 June at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sports’ medical centre, while fellow regional club, Cape Town City did the same in Goodwood at Netcare. Both events follow after the government’s request for all clubs to conduct rounds of tests ahead of the league restart plan.
Stellebosch’s positive case reports revealed that the three members are a kitman, team manager and one performance analyst.
Full report via News24:
“Sport24 can reveal from a source within the club that the three staff members who tested positive include the club kit man, team manager and one of the performance analysts.
"Another safety concern was raised when it was discovered that a player's mother had also tested positive. Furthermore, another high-ranking member of staff who is known to Sport24 had previously tested positive and was undergoing a second test after a quarantine period.
"The strict safety guidelines outlined in the document titled, NSL Directive on Return to Training, highlights that all clubs must adhere to testing before resuming training.
"The document states: Teams and all participants will, prior to commencing training, provide proof of Covid-19 testing: one test at least 2-7 days prior to the resumption of training.
"Other important safety protocols listed are that all clubs must practice social distancing and that all equipment is regularly sanitised.
"A second round of testing is also required before teams enter into a yet to be announced "bio-safe zone" where the remaining PSL fixtures will take place.
"PSL Head of Media, Lux September told Sport24 that they were unaware of any testing being done by clubs. The PSL also also made clear that a directive was sent out to all member clubs and testing was only allowed once given the go-ahead.
"At the time of writing, despite numerous attempts, Sport24 were unable to reach Stellenbosch FC for comment,” concluded the publication.