Four Blue Eagles players have tested positive for Covid-19 as teams are expected to resume training today in preparation for the new season.
Eagles Media Officer Steve Kumalonje said the four are striker Dennis Nandolo, midfielder Henry Misinjo, defender Wonderful Jelemani and goalkeeper Chimwemwe Kumkwawa.
“We had Covid-19 tests on October 16 as per requirement before commencement of training in readiness for the 2020 season. The results are that so far, four of our players have tested positive for Covid-19 but they are not showing any symptoms. The four are currently in self-isolation,” Kumalonje said.
TNM Super League teams will resume training after the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 gave consent with strict guidelines last month.
Four Silver Strikers players, namely Chikondi Kamanga, Trevor Kalema, Horace Mchoma and Patrick Macheso, also tested positive for Covid-19 whereas all Nyasa Big Bullets players tested negative last week.
Other top flight clubs such as Be Forward Wanderers, Civo Service United, Mighty Tigers, Kamuzu Barracks, Moyale Barracks and Red Lions also conducted tests recently but are yet to reveal the results.
Football analyst, George Kaudza-Masina, said stakeholders should exercise caution in managing the test results.
“There should be strictness on the release and authenticity of the results so that we avoid causing unnecessary alarm. The good thing is that the results show that the players tried their best to remain safe during the sports suspension,” Kaudza-Masina said.
The football season is expected to start on November 21 behind closed doors with the Eco Bank Charity Shield before kickoff of the TNM Super League a week later.
Football was suspended in March as precautionary measure to control the spread of Covid-19.