FC Platinum's players, officials still in isolation in Dar

13Jan 2021
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
FC Platinum's players, officials still in isolation in Dar

ZIMBABWE's FC Platinum's six players and three officials have still remained in isolation in Dar es Salaam after testing positive for Covid-19.

Simba SC midfielder, Luis Miquissone (R), dribbles past FC Platinum defender in a first leg of this season's CAF Champions League first round duel, which took place in Harare. FC platinum posted 1-0 win over Simba PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

The club had faced Tanzania's Simba SC in a return leg of this season's CAF Champions League's which took place in the city last week, ending with latter notching 4-0 win over the former.

Simba SC, therefore, booked a place in the group stage of the premier continental club competition with 4-1 aggregate win over the Zimbabwean club.

There was an uproar before the match, with the Zimbabwe champions being suspicious of the Covid-19 test results that ruled five players out of the duel.

The players are keeper Petros Mhari, defender Lawrence Mhlanga, midfielder Ransom Pavari, striker Silas Songani and Congolese national, Felly Mulumba.

What further infuriated FC Platinum was the fact that their players’ results were first availed to Simba SC.

However, following retests, five players and three officials returned positive results, with another player Kevin Mangizi also testing positive.

“The six players and three officials all remained in isolation in Tanzania in line with the Covid-19 health protocols,'' the FC Platinum spokesperson, Chido Chizondo, noted.

He stated: ''They will do another test after the mandatory isolation days after which, if negative, they will then fly back home.”

Following their elimination from the CAF Champions League, the Zvishavane-based side went into the CAF Confederation Cup's play offs, joining 15 other CAF Champions League's first round losers...read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com