28 players and staff member of Zambian football league tested positive for coronavirus


The restart of the Zambian season , planned for Saturday , was delayed 24 hours after 28 players and staff from league leaders Forest Rangers tested positive for coronavirus .

Rangers had been scheduled to play Zanaco in central city Ndola in the first Super League match since the season was halted in early March by the COVID – 19 disease .

All 18 league clubs had to undergo coronavirus tests this week and of the 58 players and staff at Rangers , only 30 were negative , according to the national football association .

“The association is greatly concerned that some clubs have relaxed their adherence to the COVID – 19 guidelines , ” general secretary Adrian Kashala

“ We should never forget that the league resumption can always be halted if clubs do not adhere to the prescribed guidelines .

“ Clubs will face stiff penalties for breaching COVID – 19 guidelines , including losing points or matches being cancelled . ”

The 2019/ 2020 season will now restart Sunday in Ndola with a double – header featuring Zesco United against Kansanshi Dynamos followed by Buildcon versus Power Dynamos .

Rangers top the table on 46 points from 24 matches as they seek a first title with Napsa Stars (45 ), Green Eagles (44) , Nkana ( 43) and defending champions Zesco (42 ) in hot pursuit .

Nkana have won a record 12 Super League titles in Zambia followed by Mufulira Wanderers ( nine ) and Zesco (eight ).

Matches will be staged behind closed doors in the southern Africa nation , where there have been 2 , 810 confirmed cases of COVID – 19 and 109 deaths .

Zambia are the second country in Africa after Tanzania, where spectators are permitted, to restart their season .

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Burundi were the only African nation to continue playing through the pandemic and allowed spectators during a season that finished last weekend .

Several major leagues , including those in Egypt , Morocco , South Africa and Tunisia, are expected to resume soon .

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