Biggest stars concerned about Motshwari

PSL Lockdown News

Ben Motshwari's diagnosis with COVID-19 has sent ripples though the local football fraternity as PSL players who are usually untouchable admit it provides a reality check.

Orlando Pirates announced last week Thursday that the midfielder is in quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus and following all the necessary protocols during his recovery.

The player has come out to thank people for their support, with the first South African sports figure who contracted the virus, Netball SA president Cecilia Molokwane, even offering him advice.

While Motshwari is expected to make a full and speedy recovery, the news that even a professional footballer in self-isolation picked up the coronavirus was another reminder to other players to take it seriously.

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"It's scary and shows us this virus is real," Maritzburg United midfielder Keagan Buchanan told the media via video press conference.

"You know, we have a FIFA [video game] WhatsApp group chat with Themba Zwane, Lebogang Manyama, George Maluleka and other guys.

"We feel it's not nice for him and his family. We are obviously concerned because he's one of us you know."

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The former Kaizer Chiefs player urges the South African football community, especially other players, to continue to support Motshwari as he deals with the stigma of being infected.

"We as players need to support him, and his family, and reach out to him," he concludes.

Motshwari's infection appears to have thrown a spanner in the works for the PSL's proposal to government to get football to return as soon as possible.

READ: SAFA/PSL Joint Liaison Committee outcome