Bloemfontein Celtic have announced midfielder Given Mashikinya has fully recovered from Covid-19 after he was diagnosed with the herpes virus a few weeks ago.
The Phunya Sele Sele campaigner has also confirmed that he was quarantined for 14 days and has also thanked the club’s supporters for their support.
Formerly on the books of Cape Town City, the 29-year-old player says he could be feeling fresh and swelling and itching to get back again to action for the Free State-based outfit.
“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 on the club’s Twitter page.
“[Nonetheless] I had to do the protocol and start to become quarantined for 14 days.
“I’d like to urge everyone to clean their practical a daily basis for 20 seconds, wear your masks, use your sanitizers and, if you can, use your gloves and stay at home.
“I want to thank the household of Siwelele; I wish to thank my family; I want to thank every one that prayed for me, and everybody that supported me and sent me messages. Most of most, I want to thank God if you are there every second, minute, and hour.
“I came back to work, I feel fresh and, as 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.”
Although Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshari became the very first player in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to suffer from the virus, Portugal-based Sphephelo Sithole was the very first South African player recorded to be infected with the coronavirus in early May.
Both players have since recovered whilst Sport24 has reported three Stellenbosch personnel tested positive for the herpes virus.
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As things stand, the South African government has given the go-ahead for PSL clubs to return to training on the field of play but it remains unclear regarding when the 2019/20 season could return to action after the season was suspended in March.
We are very happy to announce that Given Mashikinya has fully recovered from Covid-19. #StopTheSpread #SiweleleSaMasele #LoveSiwelele 💚✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/eaNvjGT1J0
— Bloemfontein Celtic (@Bloem_Celtic) July 7, 2020