Sports - October 22, 2020

Bio-bubble concept for football teams as matches resumes

DYNAMOS Football Club has confirmed progress in the implementation of the bio-bubble concept which is going to be sponsored by the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) when domestic football kick-starts.

Football matches were suspended for seven months amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government gave the green light to resume the games under strict conditions recently.

Soccer has been allowed to resume in a mini-league format, using the bio-bubble concept where players, support staff, and match officials will stay isolated from the outside world.

Dynamos Football Club chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa told this publication that they are progressing towards the implementation of the bio-bubble concept and for the resumption of soccer matches.

“Work is being done in terms of putting in place the Standard Operating Procedures that will be used by teams”, said Mupfurutsa.

“Clubs are just waiting for the final procedures which are being finalized between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the Sports Medical Committee, we are also informed that once that is done players will be tested for Covid-19 and training will resume,” Mupfurutsa said.

ZIFA Communications and Competition Manager Xolisani Gwesela said ZIFA is committed to leading the return of players by funding the testing of players and paying referees’ fees.

“We are still engaging government on how other cost centers can be funded to ensure that the return of football happens flawlessly. We are that hoping teams can return to training by the 26th of October 2020 if all engagements go on smoothly”, Gwesela said.



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