The Director of Health Services, Dr Malebogo Kebabonye implored playoffs teams to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Dr Kebabonye was speaking on the eve of the start of the Botswana Football association (BFA) promotional playoffs in an interview with the Sunday Standard Sport.
“Teams must at all times adhere to the Covid-19 protocols and should minimise contact with the local community,” he says. Fighters which is coming from greater Gaborone Zone, which is considered a red zone, was implored to strictly abide so that they can protect the community they are going to against any unnecessary contact.
The presidential task team has been encouraging the public especially from red zone to consider minimizing travel to zones that are less affected. The director of health explained that there are no rules barring teams from traveling across zones especially from red zones.
“There are no regulations that prohibit teams save to say they should abide by all provisions that are used by all against the spread of Covid-19. If there are any changes in the regulations, they will be put into law like the ones we know. We will be monitoring the situation and if the need arises to come up with other regulations the public will be alerted of the new rules,” explained Dr Kebabonye.
He said the responsibility of adherence to the Covid-19 protocols lies with the teams’ managements to make it their responsibility to guide their players and all involved to be part of the fight against Covid-19.
First Division South vice chairperson, Thebeetsile Mokgwa observed that the protocols are mandatory and have to be met by all for the nation to be safe.
“Before matches, players, match officials will be screened before entering the stadium, sanitized, including making sure they are wearing masks. The balls and goal posts will also be sanitized,” explained Mokgwa.
Nico host Fighters in the two-legged promotional playoffs that will see the winner advancing to the elite Botswana Premier League. Next weekend Fighters will host their opponents in the final leg of the two matches in which the winner aggregate winner will advance to the top league. At the premier league level teams are required to test before the matches according to FIFA and CAF regulations.