Monday, 05 July 2021 20:06

Staff Reporter.

Bafana Bafana Head coach Helman Mkhalele and goalkeeper coach Lucky Shiburi are the latest in the Cosafa Cup squad to test positive for Covid-19.

Team doctor Tshepo Molobi confirmed on Monday that the pair had been isolated after initial rapid testing, while they waited for the results from the more conclusive PCR testing.

"It is standard procedure with tournaments, today we did a round of rapid Covid testing and screening, there are a number of tools in place to keep monitoring active participants within the tournament. With head coach Helman Mkhalele and goalkeeper coach Lucky Shiburi, we felt it prudent to isolate them pending confirmatory testing," said Molobi.

"We have been assured by the lab that this will be done speedily … so we expect a turnaround of 12 hours, we are hoping for the results by the end of tonight," he added.

SuperSport United defender Keenan Phillips has already been effectively ruled out of the tournament after testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday, as has another goalkeeper coach, Monde Hlatshwayo.

If Mkhalele’s positive test is confirmed, he will almost certainly miss the entire tournament, with an isolation period required of ten days.

With Belgians Hugo Broos and Cedomir Janevski absent from the Cosafa Cup,it seems lhis assistant in Port Elizabeth, Vela Khumalo, would take over in Mkhalele’s absence.

Bafana kick off their campaign against Botswana on Tuesday afternoon (kick off 5pm SA time).