and Jeffrey Muvundusi
©️ MORE Castle Lager premiership clubs have called off their preseason preparations as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the global pandemic — coronavirus (Covid-19).
CAPS United, Harare City and Bulawayo Chiefs were the first teams to cancel their preseason preparations in the wake of the coronavirus, which has claimed over 17 000 people while the figures for those infected is heading past the 400 000 mark.
Zimbabwe has so far recorded a single death and two positive tests of the lethal virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, China in November last year.
More so, the government announced new measures to stop the spread of the disease including banning of all sporting activities.
And by yesterday, Highlanders, Ngezi Platinum Stars, Chicken Inn, Black Rhinos and Manica Diamonds were some of the teams to suspend training until further notice following advice by club doctors and because of the government’s directive.
“Highlanders Football Club have shelved all group training activities with immediate effect until further notice. All players and stuff have been advised to adhere to strict social distancing protocols,” the club’s chairperson, Kenneth Mhlope, said in a statement.
“We encourage our players and the staff to exercise a high level of self-discipline by avoiding public gatherings and unnecessary movement during this difficult time.
“The club notes with great concern the rapid rise of confirmed cases across the globe, and the confirmation of cases in our own country, of which one case has resulted in the sad and untimely loss of a young talented life — Zororo Makamba.
“To the Makamba family, and the entire nation we would like to convey our deepest condolences.”
Chicken Inn secretary-general Tavengwa Hara said they have suspended training sessions for three weeks while assessing the situation.
“We want the players and technical team to get into self-isolation. We are also taking into account the national 60 days of no groupings.
“We have drafted individual training programmes. On the other hand, the medical department is taking care of educating the players and staff about this dangerous virus,” Hara said.
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