By Staff Reporter
Five more Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs players tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, club’s physician Dr Hasendra Ramjee said during an interview with Chiefs media department.
“The Kaizer Chiefs football club medical team dealt with the recent Covid crisis within the club by following the current NICD and Department of Health protocols for positive cases and contacts,” Ramjee said.
“The positive cases were requested to self-isolate and primary contacts were asked to quarantine for a period of 10 days as per these protocols. Dr Ramjee said all players and staff were monitored regularly.
“Repeat testing was implemented of the last 48 hours for players and staff who were in quarantine.
“These tests unfortunately revealed five more positive cases, which justified the approach taken by the club in terms of our responsibility to our players, staff and to the football community.
“Further to this, players who have tested positive and completed their self-isolation period will be managed with an evidence based graduated return to play protocol and algorithm used for elite athletes.
“Depending on the players progress during this managed phase, a player would usually be fit to resume playing in seven days.”
This comes less than 48-hours before Chiefs were scheduled to play a midweek fixture against Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Last week, Chiefs announced they had recorded 36 positive cases within players and other club personnels.
The club was therefore pushed to seek local league owners, the PSL to postone five of their upcoming league matches.
Amakhosi postponed their first league match last Saturday, after they cancelled their fixture against Cape Town City scheduled for FNB Stadium.