About half members of a football club test positive for COVID-19
‘Forest Rangers’, a football club in Zambia have had twenty-eight players and staff tested positive for coronavirus.
They are the league leaders and the confirmation of their tests has led to the delay in resumption of Zambian season.
The Rangers were already scheduled to play Zanaco in central city Ndola in the first Super League match since the season was suspended in early March due to COVID-19.
According to the National football association, all 18 league clubs had to undergo coronavirus test earlier in the week.
Out of the 58 players and staff at Rangers, only 30 were negative.
The general secretary Adrian Kashala warned clubs against relaxation of adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines
“We should not forget that the league resumption can always be suspended if clubs do not adhere to the prescribed guidelines.
“Clubs will face stiff penalties for breaching COVID-19 guidelines, including losing points or matches being cancelled,” Kashala said.
He added that the football association is greatly worried that some clubs have relaxed their adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines.
The 2019/2020 season will now restart this week in Ndola with a double-header featuring Zesco United against Kansanshi Dynamos, followed by Buildcon versus Power Dynamos.