Mashikinya explains Covid experience


Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Given Mashikinya has returned to work and shared insight into his experience after testing positive for Covid-19.

Mashikinya became the second confirmed case of coronavirus within the PSL after Ben Motshwari first contracted the virus in the beginning of May.

During Celtic’s preliminary testing ahead of their proposed return to training, the 29-year-old was the only positive case amongst his teammates.

After 14 days of self-isolation, the former Cape Town City star has now been cleared by the club’s medical team and has shared more on his experience.

“I recently tested positive for Covid-19 and they put me in isolation for 14 days. Mine was a bit different because I had no symptoms, so in simple terms, I was not sick,” said Mashikinya.

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“[Nonetheless] I had to do the protocol and be quarantined for 14 days.

“I’d like to urge everyone to wash your hands on a daily basis for 20 seconds, wear your masks, use your sanitisers and, if you can, use your gloves and stay at home.

“I would like to thank the family of Siwelele; I want to thank my family; I want to thank everybody that prayed for me, and everybody that supported me and sent me messages. Most of all, I want to thank God for being there every second, minute and hour.

“I came back to work, I feel fresh and, like I said, I had no symptoms so I can’t say I’ve recovered because I was not sick. So thank you for everything, Hela Yalo Masele.”

The player's return also comes just a day after the club parted ways with coach Lehlohonolo Seema, who has since taken up a job at Chippa United.