The spread of the Coronavirus has led to the termination of a goalkeeper’s contract in South Africa after he was left with a tough decision.
Stellenbosch FC goalkeeper, Boy de Jong, joined the club at the start of the 2019/20 season as he signed a deal following a move from Anderlecht in Belgium, and went on to play 17 of their 24 league games as they aimed to make sure they kept their place in the Absa Premiership for next season.
The 25-year-old, however, has now confirmed that he has returned home to the Netherlands in order to be with his family given the 21-day lockdown that will begin at midnight tonight, but insisted that it was not an easy decision to make.
Speaking to the club’s official Instagram page, the shot-stopper said, "There was a lockdown in Holland, so only this week there are flights going back and I had to make a choice on what I want to do - take the risk to stay in South Africa or go home with my family.
"To be honest, we are a little bit concerned about the virus. Don't take it easily, don't take it for something easy, I think it's a terrible thing.
"So, we made the choice to go back after I made an agreement with the club to end my contract early so that I can go home… Hopefully in the future I can find something else - maybe I can come back to South Africa, but first we have to kill the virus."
Meanwhile, the club said, “We bid Boy De Jong farewell today after he has decided to return to Holland amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to protect his family. We thank you for the incredible service to the club and all that you have contributed.”