- The South African Football Association has confirmed that Bafana Bafana assistant coach Janevski Cedomir has tested positive for Covid-19
- The Bafana assistant coach to Hugo Broos, Cedomir, will not form part of the team that will face Uganda in a friendly on Thursday in Soweto
- Mzansi football lovers have weighed in on the announcement and many are calling for the match to be cancelled with immediate effect
The South Africa Football Association has confirmed that Bafana Bafana assistant coach Janevski Cedomir has tested positive for Covid-19. The Johannesburg-based football association announced this on Wednesday evening.
Cedomir’s condition comes as a blow for the football governing body as the team is preparing to face Uganda in an international friendly on Thursday night.
SAFA released a statement on their social media platforms, saying the team conducted its second test on Tuesday ahead of the match at Orlando Stadium.
The statement from SAFA reads:
“As per Covid-19 requirements and protocol, Bafana Bafana team conducted the second Covid-19 tests on Tuesday for the entire team ahead of the match against Uganda. Unfortunately, assistant coach Janevski Cedomir tested positive while the rest of the team is negative.
“As is the norm, all team members – players and support staff – are tested ahead of entering into camp and all results were negative. However, during the second round of tests conducted on Tuesday, 8 June 2021, Assistant coach Cedomir tested positive.
‘’We continue to check for clinical symptoms and encourage the staff to wear masks without failure, practice social distance and everyone is accommodated separately. Bafana Bafana take on the Ugandan Cranes on Thursday, 10 June 2021 at Orlando Stadium. The match kicks off at 18h00.”
The Twitter post reads:
“Bafana Bafana Assistant coach tests positive for Covid-19.”
Mzansi football family reacts
"Friendly match will be cancelled with immediate effect.”
"Which means the players are also positive?”
"Bring back @KaizerChiefs players, we have important games ahead. 15 teams are in pre-season already you can use those players. We don't want stories please and our coach Stuart Baxter has an important job to do.”
“Let Helman Mkhalele lead us, he is capable and in him I trust.”
Mzansi divided on Teko Modise and Steven Pienaar
Many argue that the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder, Modise, is more worthy of recognition compared to Pienaar.
Some people have pointed out that Modise will never enjoy international status like Pienaar, who played his best football in England.
@PatBafo's tweet has sparked debate in the online community and Briefly News takes a look at the opposing views.
The post from the account holder reads:
“You can take both Teko Modise and Steven Pienaar to any township in South Africa, you will see the reaction of our people towards Teko Modise. The brand Teko Modise has more weight than Steven Pienaar.”
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