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Akpeyi in COVID-19 scare with Kaizer Chiefs

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South African football giants Kaizer Chiefs that parades Daniel Akpeyi have reported 31 cases of COVID-19 in their camp, and have appealed to the Premier Soccer League to postpone five of their upcoming fixtures.

Akpeyi has kept three clean sheets conceding five in eight League games for Kaizer Chiefs so far this term.

Though names have not been revealed, the Chiefs, who are based in Gauteng province where the omicron variant is surging the highest, have closed their Naturena base as a result of the heavy caseload, and say they do not have enough players or technical staff to compete in their upcoming DSTV Premiership fixtures.

Chiefs wrote in a statement, “The Club has written to the Premier Soccer League to request for a postponement of the five upcoming games in December against Cape Town City (December 4), Golden Arrows (December 8), Sekhukhune FC (December 12), Royal AM (December 19) and Maritzburg United (December 22) to avoid the risk of infection and further spread of the virus and allow those affected to recover and complete their quarantine period before they can play against other teams.

“We view this as a case of force majeure as what the Club is experiencing as a consequence of COVID and the protocols it is obliged to implement, is total beyond the control of the Club.

“The Club does not at the moment have sufficient players nor technical team to constitute a team. We have appealed to the League to seriously consider the matter for the sake of everyone’s health and safety because there are many other people involved in organising a game.”

At the time of writing, the PSL had not yet responded to the request.

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