Bafana Bafana legend Matthew Booth has admitted fear over the COVID-19 pandemic but says it comes as a huge reminder of how fragile life is.
Booth, who turned out for the likes of Cape Town Spurs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits locally, with stints in Russia and England, retired six years ago and has established himself as a respected football pundit.
With the PSL and most other sporting codes suspended amidst the current coronavirus spread, the 43-year-old former defender has expressed his backing of government’s decision to enter a national lockdown and says the absence of sport is but a small price to pay.
“It is unprecedented, we have not seen anything like this on a global scale since the Spanish flu outbreak [in 1918],” said Booth, as quoted by SAFA's website.
“It is a complete eye-opener, and I think it exposes how vulnerable we are to new viruses. It is scary, but there are also lessons that we can learn from this.
“It is going to be a massive blow for our economy, but it [lockdown] is an absolute necessity and a brave decision by State President Cyril Ramaphosa and the South African government.
“What has been pleasing as well is that the move has the backing of all political parties in the country, and that is what we needed, to send out a clear signal to the public to do the right thing.
“The positive to all of this is that you get to spend a lot more time with your family. I have got a lot of chores to do at home!
“Life is a lot more important, and saving lives is a lot more important. Sports people have a huge role to play in making people aware of what they need to do so that we can beat this pandemic.”