Celtic's midfielder announces his COVID-19 recovery
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Celtic's midfielder announces his COVID-19 recovery

One of Absa Premiership’s first COVID-19 cases, Given Mashikinya of Bloemfontein Celtic, has confirmed his official recovery from the virus.

Mashikinya emerged as the second case after Orlando Pirates had first reported Ben Motshwari in May. Addressing the media via the club’s social media, the 29-year-old covered his 14-day quarantine recovery.

“I recently tested positive for Covid-19 and they put me in isolation for 14 days. Mine was a bit different because I had no symptoms, so in simple terms, I was not sick,” said Mashikinya began.

“[Nonetheless] I had to do the protocol and be quarantined for 14 days.

“I’d like to urge everyone to wash your hands on a daily basis for 20 seconds, wear your masks, use your sanitisers and, if you can, use your gloves and stay at home.

“I would like to thank the family of Siwelele; I want to thank my family; I want to thank everybody that prayed for me, and everybody that supported me and sent me messages. Most of all, I want to thank God for being there every second, minute and hour.

“I came back to work, I feel fresh and, like I said, I had no symptoms so I can’t say I’ve recovered because I was not sick. So thank you for everything, Hela Yalo Masele,” concluded the Pretoria-born player.

Meanwhile, Celtic have now appointed John Maduka as the head coach following Lehlohlonolo Seema’s departure to Chippa United.