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MBABANE – MTN Premier League leaders Young Buffaloes will suspend training after the government announced a 20-day lockdown, starting tomorrow.

The army side continued with training in the last week despite calls from some football authorities to cancel all football activities including training. Buffaloes Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sandile Gwebu confirmed the suspension of training yesterday. “Training for all the teams in the club (seniors, development sides and women) is hereby suspended until May 4, 2020 where we shall assess the situation. All staff members have been requested to stay at home,” he said.

“We as the soccer community, are not immune to what is happening around the world hence my plea to all the soccer supporters and nation at large to adhere to the instructions that are being given from time to time. We have to understand that this is being done for our own safety and the ones next to us and when it comes to human life, nothing can compete with that. I fully understand the anxiety and uncertainty in regard to the football season; there may be a lot of questions that are buzzing through our minds, but I appeal to every ‘Amathole’ supporter to remain calm as a direction will be given, which I believe will be in the best interest of human life and the sport at large,” he said.


Gwebu said the team followed all the precautions while it was training. “Buffaloes took the following measures in trying to keep our staff, including players, safe. All players and staff for the club have been trained on the best practices to mitigate the spread of this pandemic. Thermometers have been purchased and put in place to check temperatures for everyone in the club and if there are suspicious cases, follow up procedures are to be done in terms of investigation and directives from our medical department.

Water points were increased in our training grounds and soap provided. Alcohol-based sanitisers to help improve hygiene for everyone was being provided,” he said. “We wish everyone associated with this club to be safe during this period and please, once again, I appeal that we do away with unwarranted movements. It is during this time that it is best to be at home. We are also appealing that you keep yourselves healthy by exercising at home with your family and if you feel any symptoms of the virus, don’t hesitate to visit the hospital for assistance and care,” he said. Gwebu said he kept everyone within the team updated but as yet, the team was well.

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