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We can’t gamble with resuming domestic football

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We can’t gamble with resuming domestic football. Eddie said this as he was raising awareness of the infamous disease and said we can’t even gamble with the disease to resume domestic football because it is still not safe to do so.

Popular Harare businessman Eddie Mboma Nyatanga who is also the Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association founder and former leader has announced that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and he is on a mandatory 14-day quarantine, The Herald reports.

Eddie revealed his status in a statement that says: It is with a heavy heart that I come to you with not so bad news. I got tested for Covid-19 on Saturday and the results came out positive. The results have now been confirmed today (yesterday) by medical experts.

I have seen my colleagues in sport, succumbing to this deadly pandemic, and I would like to urge my relatives, associates and dear friends to join me in prayers as I go into the mandatory 14-days quarantine.

I have come into contact with different people and I urge them to all get tested. I am waiting for further instructions from the medical experts. I might be quarantined at my home or at a designated quarantine centre, depending on their recommendations.

The medical team is due to visit my home to disinfect it and also to test those whom I have come into contact with here. I would like to urge those I have been in contact within recent days to be tested and avoid getting into contact with other people. I’m now taking it one day at a time but I’m quite positive that I’ll completely make a full recovery as I’m taking all the necessary precautions and I’m in constant touch with my doctor.

Now, this is the reality. My close friends, and all those in sport in general, and football in particular, can now understand that the virus is real. I have decided to reveal my status for the love of my friends and Zimbabweans. Everyone is at risk, as it stands. So, I am requesting that the authorities to conduct door-to-door tests, both at business premises and homes. I have been into contact with several people, including celebrities, who will all have to be traced.

It’s now very clear that the eye of the coronavirus storm of passing through our communities. A few months ago, we used to watch from a distance, telling each other that this had nothing to do with us but a concern for some countries far away from here. This has changed dramatically and what we do now will be decisive in helping us tame this monster.

That is why I don’t think we can gamble with having the domestic football campaign being started, in these circumstances, because we are at the crossroads. We just have to deal with this storm and pray that when it passes we would still be standing so that we can start getting back to normal again.

Football, right now, just like many of our sporting disciplines, don’t matter at all because these are games that we can still play next year while we can’t replace the lives we could lose if we drop our guard. Zimbabwe has recorded 4339 COVID-19 cases since 20 March 2020.

Source – Pindula News

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