- The Orlando Pirates have confirmed that Ben Motshwari has the coronavirus
- The midfielder got tested after experiencing flu like symptoms last week
- His test results have since returned and confirmed that Motshwari contracted Covid-19
Ben Motshwari has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Orlando Pirates announced on Thursday.
Taking to their official website, the Bucs wrote:
"Orlando Pirates Football Club can confirm that Ben Motshwari has tested positive for Covid-19. Ben was presented with flu like symptoms last week and after undergoing tests, his results have come back positive."
The Pirates added that Motshwari is currently at home self-isolating and he is asymptomatic.
“The player is asymptomatic and is currently in home isolation for the next 14 days. He will need to test negative before he is cleared. In accordance with relevant protocols, NHI has been notified of the case by the Club. The health and wellbeing of our players, officials, and the wider community remains our highest priority in this difficult time,” the statement added.
Everyone who came in contact with Motshwari would now have to be tested as well, the club added. The Soweto Giants called on South Africans to be safe during these times.
"We urge supporters to take the precautionary measures of avoiding contact, washing hands & wearing masks to #StopTheSpread of Covid-19," the Pirates wrote on Twitter.
South Africans have flooded social media with 'get well' wishes to Motshwari, resulting in the midfielder trending online.
Fans are sure that Motshwari will beat the coronavirus and come out stronger than ever.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported 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.
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