Motshwari news scares players & friends


One of Ben Motshwari's friends and former teammates admits he was shocked to hear of his positive test for coronavirus because "we've been taking this thing lightly".

News broke on Thursday that Motshwari, who plays as a midfielder for Orlando Pirates, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to quarantine himself for 14 days.

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The central midfielder is the first high-profile local soccer star to contract the virus, which sent shockwaves through the football fraternity just as the PSL Executive Committee was deliberating on how they can resume the season.

Ex-Free State Stars, Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United defender Bokang Tlhone says the news about his close friend made him realise that this pandemic is real.

"I wish Ben a speedy recovery my brother," Tlhone tells

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"Ben is my friend we get along a lot. And I was shocked you know, and I wish him all the best. But I know he is a strong guy, a strong player, he will be back.

"I have actually lost his number. I was looking to call Thabang Monare to give me his number so that I can actually pass on my message to him my brother.

"Eish ja, the news of him testing positive shocked me a lot. I was shocked my brother because now you know we've been taking this thing lightly maybe thinking it's a disease for old people.

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"But you know when it infects people that you are close to and you know... it really shocked me you know and I wish everyone should just stay at home and keep safe.

"Let's obey these rules that have been given to us. Let's wear our masks if we are going out and you know, stay home, wash your hands as you've been told and let's just keep safe."

Tlhone currently plays for GladAfrica Championship side Royal Eagles but admitted recently he is desperate to leave the first division and return to the Absa Premiership.