Nyasa Big Bullets goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda will remain in self-isolation before joining Malawi national football camp after re-testing positive for Covid-19.
It was not all gloomy for the senior side as two members Silver Strikers defender Hadji Wali and national team goalkeeper trainer Swadick Sanudi rejoined the squad after being cleared despite one failing the test.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) issued a statement Tuesday indicating that Wali and Sanudi were among the four people, who tested positive for Covid-19 during the initial tests done three weeks ago on Flames players, backroom staff and Mpira Village support staff.
“Sadly, goalkeeper Rabson Chiyenda tested positive again and is back in isolation waiting to go for another test. Another official who tested positive, a Mpira Hotel staff member, has also been cleared after the second test,” read the statement in part.
Chiyenda remained positive of overcoming the disease.
“It has been tough but I am working hard to beat this. I am home and in isolation waiting for another test. I would like to thank everybody who is supporting me and I am encouraged by results from my colleagues who also had tested positive the first time. I am a fighter and with the measurers I am following I will overcome,” he said.
The statement stated that Wali, Sanudi and Chiyenda willingly disclosed their status and thanked their clubs and Fam on how they handled their situations and by providing counsellors who guided them during the seclusion period.
Wali paid tribute to his family, Fam and Silver for checking on him regularly saying it helped his recovery process.
On his part Sanudi said it was a difficult experience.
“I would like to thank everyone who was by side. It was so difficult for me when I got the news but Fam and Bullets supported me a lot. Covid-19 is real but it is beatable if you follow all the protocols and measures as advised by medical experts,” he said.
Fam Covid-19 Task Force Chairperson Chimango Munthali applauded the three for coming out to disclose their status, a development he said will give confidence in the FA’s fight against the pandemic.
Silver Marketing and Communications Manager David Dauda said after learning about Wali’s situation the bankers took all the players and officials for testing.
“Following Wali’s case we requested the entire team to go for testing and we know the status of our players,” he said.
Former Fam acting General Secretary George Kaudza Masina said the fact that three have recovered it signifies that following all protocols religiously, the disease can easily be contained.
Masina advised stakeholders to tread cautiously.
“But this development should not be a passport to open up the game for the supporters for now and a wakeup call to our Super League clubs so as to intensify the testing of their players, backroom and support staff. This will help the recovery process for those who might test positive before the set date for football to resume. As for those who have been declared negative, let life continue as it was before,” he said.