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July 20, 2021

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Three more Premier League players test positive for COVID-19

Three more Premier League players test positive for COVID-19

PLMC Public Relations Officer Qamako Mahao

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AT least three more Vodacom Premier League players have tested positive for COVID-19 after premiership side Manonyane FC tested a total of 25 of their players this week.

This after four Linare players also tested positive for the virus last week.
Manonyane Vice President Resource Mobilisation, Khasake Mahao said the players in question are in quarantine at their respective homes, adding that the team bought them medication to ensure their speedy recovery.

The rest of the players, he said will still attend training as usual until the Premier League Management Committee (PLMC) advises the team otherwise.
Mahao said before the test, the players had no symptoms and were in the squad that played against Sefotha-fotha.

He said the PLMC expects all teams to screen their players regularly, prior and after training as well as before any league game.
Mahao said the screening includes among others, taking the players’ temperatures and sanitising them.

For his part, the PLMC Public Relations Officer, Qamako Mahao confirmed that Swallows FC also tested their players though all their results came back negative.

''PLMC has therefore instructed all the 16 teams in the Premier League to test their players beginning Monday until Wednesday,'' he said.
He said all Premier League mid-week fixtures have been suspended until further notice in order to allow the teams to test their players.    
Mahao said after the testing process has been finalised, data will be compiled and will later be used to help the PLMC to determine the fate of the Premier League.

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He agreed that it is going to be costly for the teams to test their players, promising the PLMC’s assistance where possible.
“The statistics will give a clear picture of what to do for the PLMC and we will advise the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) on the way forward,” he said.

The Premier League consists of 16 teams. The 2019/20 soccer season was suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. The PLMC was forced to prematurely end the season by crowning Bantu as the new league champions despite the fixtures being half way through.
The previous soccer season was also disrupted after the second round was delayed due to the emergence of the second wave of the pandemic. LeNA

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