Covid-struck Premiership matches to go ahead

Menzi Magubane

Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed to Scrolla.Africa that this weekend’s DStv Premiership matches will go ahead as scheduled despite 11 players from four different teams being tested positive for Covid-19. 

Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Cape Town City and Chippa United confirmed that some of their players tested positive for the virus. 

These teams had their respective midweek matches and they played without the infected players. Those players are already in isolation and will miss this weekend’s games.  

Notable players who contracted the virus are the PSL and Sundowns player of the season Themba “Mshishi” Zwane and Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande. These two missed their teams’ crucial CAF Champions League wins on Tuesday. 

PSL however assured the public that this weekend’s Premiership matches are not at risk.

“The DStv Premiership and GladAfrica Championship fixtures are going ahead as scheduled this weekend,” said PSL Media Officer Fhatuwani Mpfuni. 

Last weekend PSL suspended a DStv Diski Challenge match between Chiefs and AmaZulu reserves due to risk of Covid-19 infections. On Wednesday, PSL issued a statement confirming the suspension of Diski Challenge. 

Here are all the players who are currently in isolation due to Covid-19. 

– Willard Katsande (Kaizer Chiefs)

– Themba Zwane, Promise Mkhuma, Jordy February, Ricardo Goss and Haashim Domingo (all Mamelodi Sundowns)

– Thabo Nodada, Mpho Makola and Craig Martin (all Cape Town City)

– Mlu Mazibuko and Ismail Watenga (both Chippa United)

This weekend’s fixtures are as follows

Friday:

Stellenbosch vs Black Leopards (Danie Craven Stadium, 5pm)

Saturday:      

Baroka vs Mamelodi Sundowns (Peter Mokaba Stadium, 3pm); TS Galaxy vs SuperSport United (Mbombela Stadium, 3pm); Golden Arrows vs Chippa United (Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, 3.30pm); Tshakhuma FC vs Cape Town City (Thohoyandou Stadium, 5pm); Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United (FNB Stadium, 5pm)     

Sunday:

Orlando Pirates vs Swallows (Orlando Stadium, 3.30pm); Bloemfontein Celtic vs AmaZulu (Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium, 3.30pm)

Picture source: @SundownsFC