- South African footballer Sphephelo Sithole has become the first player to test positive for the novel coronavirus
- The footballer is based in Portugal and plays for Belenenses
- The club released a statement briefing the media about Sithole's condition
Sphephelo Sithole has reportedly became the first South African footballer to test positive for Covid-19. His club Belenenses released a statement confirming the diagnosis of the under-23 player. According to the statement, Sithole is showing no symptoms but the correct protective protocol is being observed.
The 21-year-old, who hails from KZN, moved to Portugal in 2017. The club has returned to individual training after two months of inactivity due to national restrictions.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that the South African Football Association (SAFA) has provided an update on when football should resume in the country. The organisation enlisted the help of two medical experts to assess the risks involved. According to SAFA's recommendations, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) should only resume when the country reaches lockdown Level 1.
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