The seven players of the national Under-17 and Under-20 female football teams who have tested positive for coronavirus, have been isolated and begun receiving treatment at their camp venue in Cape Coast.
The seven, four from the Maidens and three from the Princesses, are all asymptomatic and are not showing any symptoms, thus have just been put in isolation in their rooms and being treated by the teams’ medical teams.
A source close to the teams who confirmed the situation, said the medical teams have also been given personal protective equipment (PPE) to enable them take care of the affected players.
Also, both the affected players and the rest of their teammates have been taken through an initial counselling process to alleviate any impact the situation was likely to have on them.
“When the players and officials arrived they were taken through an initial counselling process before their samples were taken for the COVID-19 test.
“This has been followed up with another counselling session for the affected persons and the rest of the team when the results were brought in. Understandably, they were worried that testing positive will have a bad effect on them but they have been assured of what it is and hopefully, with the attention they are receiving, they will be fine.
“Thankfully, they are asymptomatic and the affected players in particular will continue to go through psychological counselling as part of their treatment,” the source told the Graphic.
Last Friday, the two national teams, made up of 30 Maidens and 29 Princesses, reported to camp to prepare towards their impending Women’s World Cup (WWC) qualifying campaigns, having been given special dispensation by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, despite the ban on all sporting activities.
Ahead of the camping, officials and members of the technical teams underwent a day’s training workshop on the COVID-19 safety protocols.
Also, all the players and officials who reported to camp had their samples taken to be tested for the infection and the results posted seven positive.
Meanwhile, the Princesses will remain in camp to prepare towards their qualifiers after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) put off the qualifiers for the Under-20 WWC until further notice.
The Princesses were scheduled to travel to Guinea Bissau to play the first leg of the second round of the qualifiers and return to host the second leg on September 11 but CAF last Monday announced that the matches were being postponed due to the travel bans in place in most countries as a result of COVID-19.
“The rescheduling of the match against Guinea Bissau is good for us as it will afford us more time to train and prepare.
“We have been informed that we will remain in camp until the qualifying series are over and since we don’t know when the matches will be played, we will continue with our schedule but reduce the intensity from training twice a day to once a day,” Head Coach Yusif Basigi said.
Ultimately, two teams will be selected to represent the continent after the three rounds of qualifying series for tournament slated for Costa Rica and Panama in January 20 to February 6, 2021, after the original schedule of August-September 2020, was changed due to the pandemic which has forced all schedules for international sporting events to be changed.
“The revised fixtures for the qualifiers will be announced in due course after consultation with the various stakeholders.
“ CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly in the event of developments that will affect playing a match at the designated venue,” a statement from the continental body said.
By: Beatrice Laryea