ZIFA clears the air on COVID-19 cases

By ZBC Reporter

THE Zimbabwe Football Association  (ZIFA) has dismissed rumors that some members of the Warriors team that was in Cameroon for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament engaged in irresponsible behavior after four of them tested positive for Covid-19.

After going through the tournament without any Covid-19 issues, where they were tested on arrival and also before every match, the country was shocked to receive news that 4 members of the delegation had tested positive for Covid-19 before returning home.

In a similar case, 7 members of the FC Platinum delegation also tested positive for Covid-19 before leaving Tanzania where they played Simba SC in a champions league encounter.

Warriors General Manager Wellington Mpandare has thus  allayed fears that teams are going partying after matches.

Not even 1 team member left camp, that I can confirm, we were escorted from the ground back to the hotel by police and because of the situation in Cameroon we needed an escort to go out, the unfortunate part is that in Cameroon they don’t respect covid as we do, they don’t even wear masks and the hotel staff was not tested so there is a risk same as in Tanzania, he said.

The four who are holed up in Cameroon will undergo another Covid-19 test this Sunday for them to be cleared to travel back home.

Meanwhile, Zifa has set up a commission of enquiry to look into why Defender Qadr Amini was selected to play at the CHAN tournament when he had a heart problem which saw him being substituted after playing less than three minutes in the Warriors last match at the tournament.

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