Orlando Pirates player tests positive for Covid-19

Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FSoccer City, Polokwane, on 09 November 2019.
Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FSoccer City, Polokwane, on 09 November 2019.
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Orlando Pirates have confirmed that their midfielder Ben Motshwari has tested positive for coronavirus.

Motshwari becomes the first local footballer to test positive for the virus. The 29-year-old will now be in isolation for the next two weeks.

“Ben was presented with flu-like symptoms last week and after undergoing tests, his results have come back positive,” the club said on its website.

“The player is asymptomatic and is currently in isolation for the next 14 days. He will need to test negative before he is cleared. In accordance with relevant protocols, NHI has been notified of the case by the club.

“The health and wellbeing of our players, officials, and the wider community remains our highest priority in this difficult time.

“The club has also advised that the player must notify the doctors of all the people that he has been in contact with to ensure that they also get tested.

“We urge everybody to continue practicing safe and healthy measures to contain and mitigate the spread of the infection.

“Always wash your hands; wear masks in public and always remember to practice social distancing.”

The news will come as a blow for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) whose executive committee is today locked in a meeting to plan for when the season can be completed.

A player testing positive will be a blow to their case for games returning with the safety of the players not being put at risk. Each team in the Absa Premiership has about seven games remaining in the season that must be completed by July 31 as by directive of Fifa.

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