Free State Cheetahs’ players reflect on COVID-19 impact on the game

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Free State Cheetahs’ players say COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their games in the past. They believe the Currie Cup log could have been different if they were not affected by COVID-19 infections that led to them losing points.

Players are taking vaccines at the Free State stadium in Bloemfontein where the department of health has set up a pop-up vaccination site and drive-through.

Deputy Minister of Health, Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Thembi Siweya are expected to monitor the vaccination process at the Free State Rugby Stadium and thereafter undertake a frontline service delivery monitoring visit at Pelonomi Hospital.

“I think as a player there’s a lot of factors that come to play like travel, which is very important to be able to travel to get your vaccine and the playing of games and just knowing that you have you have that extra line of defence.”

“It is very significant because it has been tough the past year in South Africa people dying all over the world actually. So I’m here to play my part.”

“I can tell you that a lot of teams especially in the Currie Cup league that we played right now. Games were cancelled because of COVID-19, I think it took a toll on the point system which was very unfortunate,” say some of the players.