Marumo Gallants head coach Dan Malesela was unable to accompany his side on their trip to DR Congo after testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
Gallants were defeated 1-0 by TP Mazembe in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs ahead of a return leg on Sunday.
Malesela is now also set to miss his side's DStv Premiership clash against TS Galaxy on Wednesday at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
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The club released an official statement on Sunday detailing Malesela's positive test and the steps taken by the club in reaction to the news.
The newly appointed Marumo Gallants coach, Dan Malesela, was unable to travel with the team to the DRC for the CAF match against TP Mazembe, which took place today in Lubumbashi. Malesela tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Dan Dance as he’s affectionately known is currently in isolation but in high spirit. “I didn’t even know that I was infected because I don’t feel sick. I am feeling good and in isolation to protect my team, family, and other people I may come into contact with. I’m glad that I am fully vaccinated and looking forward to going back to be with the boys after my isolation period" said Malesela.
The team has since taken several COVID-19 tests over the past two days before the game in the DRC, which all came out negative. 1st Assistant coach, Raymond Mdaka will continue as caretaker coach until Malesela resumes work after isolation. The club Chairman, Abram Sello and the team wished Malesela a speedy recovery.
Marumo Gallants lost 1-0 against TP Mazembe this afternoon at Stade TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs Leg 1. The Gallants will meet TP Mazembe again on the 5th of December in Polokwane for Leg 2.
Meanwhile, South African Consular General, Nocicelo Mbele, visited the team and wished them well ahead of the game this morning. The Gallants will on Wednesday (1 December) play against TS Galaxy in the DSTV League at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.