Warriors goalie ZiKeeper cautions a new normal. He, however, has some reservations. The Golden Arrows shot-stopper told H-Metro from his base in South Africa that caution has now become a new way of life. “Obviously it’s a great feeling that there is some progression unlike staying home with uncertainty. Zimbabwe international goalkeeper Edmore ‘ZiKeeper’ Sibanda is relishing the return of the Absa Premiership next week.
“But there are a number of issues surrounding this pandemic, that means I will have some reservations going forward. What is important now is to be cautious for us to stay safe. I would say caution has become a new way of life,” said ZiKeeper. The former CAPS United player has the same message for people back home in the midst of a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases.
“This applies to everyone so that we save lives, it’s the same message everywhere. The same message also back home especially considering that more cases are being recorded leaving,” he said. However, on the return of football in South Africa, he said he is not much scared because of the trust they have instilled in all the stakeholders involved in the return of football.
ZiKeeper believes extensive preparations are being done to avoid putting lives at risk. “I am not really scared. This pandemic is deadly and I can’t say that I am not afraid at all. But there is this confidence that comes after seeing what is being done and it also comes back to us as individuals.
“What you do as an individual to make sure that you don’t expose yourself unnecessarily to the virus also counts,” said ZiKeeper.
The South African top-flight, which was halted in March like other parts of Africa and the world, to help curb the spread of Covid-19, is set to resume on August 11 after compliance with health regulations. The season will get back underway with the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup before the league resumes three days later.
This comes after Zambia, another African team that had resumed football, announced an end to the season last Friday after a surge in coronavirus cases. And asked to comment on such possibilities, ZiKeeper said he is hopeful that extensive measures are being put in place to avoid such mishaps. “It’s unfortunate that it had to go that way (in Zambia) after all the efforts. The hope and trust is that all the stakeholders involved are working with all that in mind.
“I think it’s a good idea to finish the season but with everyone involved playing a role,” he said. South Africa now joins other African countries to resume domestic competitions including Tanzania, Tunisia and Morocco while Egypt is also highly anticipated to return.
Other countries like Algeria and Botswana have cancelled their leagues deciding champions and those facing the drop on the games that had been played. It remains uncertain on the local Premier Soccer League which was suspended a week before kick-off in March.
Source – H-Metro
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