Stellenbosch FC coach hopeful SA can curb COVID-19

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With the Absa Premiership suspended until further notice to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, football clubs across South Africa have to adapt as they wait to see if and when the league resumes.

Stellenbosch Football Club coach Steve Barker says it has been very quiet at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, usually, a buzz of activity as not only does the football club train there, but it is also the home to the Blitzboks and many other athletes also train at the High-Performance Centre.

Barker says they are fortunate to be based at the Academy, so they do have medical staff to help monitor the players.

Stellenbosch had hoped to play their remaining matches at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, but Barker says that with all stadiums closed at the moment, it is not something that they are thinking about now.

The former AmaZulu and Tuks coach says this is the time for all South Africans to unite and make sure that this virus does not spread further, and he hopes we can curb what is happening around the world.

Stellenbosch had planned on resuming light training this week but will have to reconsider their plans after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown from Thursday midnight. Report by Rob Delport