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MBABANE – Like a thief in the still of the night, COVID-19 is quietly creeping into the local sporting fraternity.

Hardly a week after this publication exclusively revealed that Eswatini Sport and Recreation Council (ESRC) Business and Development Manager Zama Tsabedze tested positive for the virus, it has now emerged that a top Manzini Wanderers star (name deliberately withheld for professional reasons) is suspected to have contracted the virus.

This was after he fell critically ill on Tuesday night and had to be rushed to Raleign Fitkin Memorial Hospital (RFM) after his temperature soared to over 40 degrees.


Reliable information gathered was that he was quickly taken to the already mentioned hospital by Wanderers Treasurer Girlie Johnson in a bad state after showing signs of the virus, which are flu-related.

This was confirmed by the team’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sandile ‘Ntofo’ Dlamini who, however, sounded hopeful that the player in question would recover soon. He asserted that the player was currently in self-isolation at the clubhouse while awaiting the test results.

Dlamini assured the public and Wanderers family that all the necessary health precautions were being observed to ensure that the player is kept apart from his teammates until the results are confirmed.


“I can confirm that one of our players fell seriously ill yesterday (Tuesday) and we had to rush him to RFM hospital. Doctors found that his temperature was above 40 degrees which was abnormal and he was showing symptoms of COVID-19. He was eventually tested but due to lack of space at RFM, he was advised to stay in self-isolation until the results are back,” Dlamini said. He admitted that ideally, they would not have wanted the player to stay at the clubhouse, where he is sharing with some teammates, mostly the foreign players.

“We have done everything to ensure that he does not get in contact with his teammates until such time the results are back. The last time I spoke to him early today (yesterday), he told me that he was feeling much better but until we get the results, we will take the necessary precautions,” the Wanderers publicist said.
Several attempts were made to get a comment from the player in question but his cellphone rang unanswered yesterday afternoon.

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