TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets received a clean bill of health after eight players who were self-isolating tested negative for Covid-19.
This is an encouraging development when Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the
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The team released a statement Wednesday that Stanley Biliat, Henry Kabichi, Mike Mkwate, Dalitso Sailesi, Ernest Kakhobwe, Richard Chimbamba, Nelson Kangunje and McFallen Mgwira, have recovered from Covid-19 following a fourth round of testing.
“The players were in self-isolation for two weeks as they were recovering from the virus. Out of the 11 squad and staff members who tested positive, only Hassan Kajoke and Luke Chima tested negative and returned to work last week.
“Kajoke was featured in Bullets’ 3-1 victory over Kamuzu Barracks in the TNM Super League on Saturday while Chima was on the bench,” the statement stated.
The development comes at a time Bullets are expected to face unpredictable Ntopwa at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.
Ironically, Bullets suspended training on December 28 due to an upsurge of Covid-19 cases at the People’s Team. Apparently, the Blantyre derby involving Bullets and rivals Be Forward Wanderers, that was scheduled for January 2, was postponed following a request from the People’s Team.
Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga said the eight reported for training Wednesday and would be featured depending on performance, level of fitness and game-plan.
“We are glad all our players are back and we now have a full house. We thank our team doctor and their [players] families who cooperated by following all the precautionary measures,” he said.
Chigoga asked the club’s supporters and the football fraternity to continue adhering to preventive measures as outlined by stakeholders.
Super League of Malawi Vice General Secretary Zacharia Nyirenda, who is the body’s Covid-19 Coordinator, said they were aware of the development.
“The norm is that teams are supposed to send their result, whether positive or negative, to Sulom for scrutiny and planning purposes to clear the doubts that others might have.
“We are happy that Bullets players are now all back after testing negative. This is good news not only to Bullets but Sulom as well,” he said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.