SA footballer tests positive for COVID-19

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Portugal-based midfielder Sphephelo Sithole has reportedly become the first South African player to test positive for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Portuguese side Belenenses released a statement in which the club confirmed that a player from the U-23 side had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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"We inform that, in the context of the preparation for the resumption of work, a player from the under-23 team of Belenenses SAD has had a positive result in the Covid-19 detection test," the official statement read.

"The protocols developed for this purpose are being observed and we hope for a quick recovery of the player, who had no symptoms of the disease."

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Portuguese publication A Bola have since confirmed the identity of the player to be that of 21-year-old Sithole, who made 24 appearances for the club's U-23 team this season before promotion to the first-team. 

The revelation comes just one day after Belenenses returned to training following two months of coronavirus-enforced restrictions.