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First SA Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

Reports coming out of Portugal have revealed that a South African player has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sphephelo ‘Yaya’ Sithole who currently plies his trade for Belenenses U23 side in Portugal’s Liga Revelacoa, is believed to have contracted the Coronavirus, with A Bola, a Portuguese sports newspaper confirming the news.

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"Belenenses informed earlier in the afternoon, through a statement that in the context of preparing for the resumption of work, a player from the U-23 team had a positive result in the Covid-19 detection test,” the website stated as translated from Portuguese.

“The player in question, is the 21-year-old South African midfielder, Sphephelo Yayá Sithole, mostly used in the under-23 team of the Blues of Restelo in the Revelation League (24 matches this season).”

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“The Jamor club also revealed that, although the test was positive, Yayá never showed symptoms of the disease. The protocols developed for this purpose are being observed and we wish the player a speedy recovery,” the newspaper article added.

Meanwhile, the statement issued on the club’s official Facebook account was as follows “We inform that, in the context of the preparation of the resumption of work, a player from the under-23 team of Belenenses SAD had a positive result in the Covid-19 detection test. The protocols developed for this purpose are being observed. We hope for a quick recovery of the player, who had no symptoms of the disease. According to the protocol previously defined, this information concludes the provision of public clarifications on health cases related to Covid-19.”  

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