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EZULWINI - Over 400 000 COVID-19 positive cases and more than 7 000 deaths is the current statistics in neighbouring South Africa.

It is one not good for the people in that country and has made them second after the United States of America (USA) with high infections in the world. Several emaSwati are in South Africa, some by choice and others forced by border restrictions.

These include soccer players and officials who ply their trade at Mbombela United in Mpumalanga, Nelspruit. Such players are the club’s captain and forward, Felix Badenhorst, Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa, Njabulo ‘D4D’ Ndlovu, Banele ‘Pupu’ Sikhondze, Justice Figuareido and assistant coaches Siyabonga Bhembe and Dennis ‘Yuki’ Masina. Save for Masina who resides in South Africa, the others left the country over a week ago as the Premier Soccer League (PSL) had been billed to restart on July 18.

However, the PSL will now restart on August 8. Mbombela plays in the GladAfrica Championship and are fighting for survival.
“We’re good and we are happy football has been given the green light to resume.

“We know things are very scary right now because the cases are shooting up, but the PSL has assured us that it’s safe to continue and we’re all going to one province where we will go to the Bio-bubble for about 6 weeks,” Badenhorst responded when asked how it was like being there at this moment when the statistics were agonisingly shooting up.

He explained that since they returned to their club, they did regular screening every morning before training and will be tested before going to the Gauteng Province for their remaining games.
He said the tests would go on regularly at their camp base before and after each match.

“Otherwise we’re okay and the team is looking sharp and ready to play,” he said.
He added that the spirit at training showed how much they worked hard individually during the lockdown.

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