Kaizer Chiefs have written to the Premier Soccer League to request a postponement of five upcoming games following a number of Covid cases within the club.
Amakhosi had previously confirmed that several unnamed members of the squad had contracted Covid-19.
‘No less than 31 people’ have tested positive for the virus, with Chiefs hoping to postpone matches in December against Cape Town City, Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune United, Royal AM and Maritzburg United.
Part of a statment from the DStv Premiership side read: ‘As Kaizer Chiefs communicated in the last few days leading up to the game against Swallows FC, the Club has instituted stricter COVID management protocols following several positive Covid cases affecting the team and general personnel.
‘Players and staff at Kaizer Chiefs Football Club have been closely monitored for symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic and have been tested regularly. More personnel tested positive this week as we were preparing for Saturday’s game.
‘As a result of this outbreak that has seen no less 31 people test positive for COVID-19, the Kaizer Chiefs Village is temporarily closed until next week.
‘Given the situation, the medical team have conducted contact tracing of primary contacts of those who tested positive and have instructed all players, members of the technical team and staff, including those who tested negative, who are primary contacts to quarantine as per COVID protocols.
‘The Club has written to the Premier Soccer League to request for a postponement of the five upcoming games in December against Cape Town City (4 December), Golden Arrows (8 December), Sekhukhune FC (12 December), Royal AM (19 December) and Maritzburg United (22 December) to avoid risk of infection and further spread of the virus and allow those affected to recover and complete their quarantine period before they can play against other teams.
‘We urge supporters to take care of themselves and follow all the COVID protocols.’