Monday Jul 06, 2020. 09:02
Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA FC) midfielder Gift Ali has called for mass testing if and when sporting activities are allowed to resume in Uganda.
Football and other sports in the East African country have been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic and the government is yet to confirm when they will resume despite relaxing a number of stringent measures put in place.
Ali argues that the only way for the sport to return is with mandatory testing of players and officials, as has happened in the restarts of other leagues.
“I think if they [government] can try to copy what other leagues are doing to resume sports amidst the pandemic,” Gift is quoted by New Vision. “We don’t know if this pandemic will end soon or if it is here to stay.
“In Egypt, they are testing players and they have made sure they are far away from the public, and very soon, their league is going to resume. I think this is one of the procedures the authorities can undertake for sports to resume.”
Proline FC forward Rogers Mato stated: “I think we should copy some of the things in countries that have resumed their leagues such as playing without spectators or when they are allowed to come in, they should observe social distancing. The fans motivate us but this is a health matter that needs to be taken seriously.”
Alex Komakech of Wakiso Giants added that mask-wearing should be non-negotiable: “Let it be made mandatory to both players and technical teams to wear masks when sport resumes especially those who are on the bench. This will help to avoid the spread of the disease.”