Bloem Celtic midfielder Given Mashikinya tests positive for COVID-19

Bloemfontein Celtic have confirmed that midfielder Given Mashikinya has tested positive for COVID-19.

The players becomes the latest in the PSL to contract the novel virus, bringing the number of publicised cases in the league to just two.

Bloemfontein Celtic confirm positive COVID-19 case

The Free State-based outfit revealed this via a statement issued out on Monday afternoon.

“Bloemfontein Celtic can confirm that after we have conducted COVID-19 tests on Friday, 19 June 2020, one player [Given Mashikinya] tested positive,” the club said.

“The player was and is asymptomatic and he is currently in isolation for the next 14 days. In accordance with the relevant protocols, NHI has been notified of the case by the club. We urge everybody to continue practising safe and healthy measures to contain and stop the spread of the virus.”

Bloemfontein Celtic

The news comes just days after Orlando Pirates confirmed that Ben Motshwari – the only other PSL player whose diagnosis had been publicised – has made a full recovery from the coronavirus.

The Bucs midfielder recalled how he felt after testing positive.

“My initial response to the news that I had contracted coronavirus, was complete shock,” recalls the 29-year old.

“It’s not something you expect especially being a young and healthy athlete. We tend to think these things happen to other people other than ourselves, but I learned very quickly that this isn’t necessarily the case. The coronavirus does not discriminate, it doesn’t care who you are.”

Ben Motshwari

How the virus has impacted the game in South Africa

Another South African player to have returned positive results was former youth international Sphephelo Sithole, who is in the books of Portuguese outfit Belenenses.

Like Motshwari, the young midfielder tested positive in early May and has since made a full recovery.

There has not been any live local soccer action since March, and it’s yet unclear when the game will resume.

However, under Level 3 lockdown, athletes in contact sports have been permitted to resume training.

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