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Orlando Pirates Midfielder, Ben Motshwari Recovers From Coronavirus


Orlando Pirates officially confirmed that their star midfielder Ben Motshwari has tested negative from Coronavirus and has fully recovered.

Ben Motshwari of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FSoccer City, Polokwane, on 09 November 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The club said Motshwari‚ who contracted the coronavirus early last month after he showed flu-like symptoms‚ performed two separate tests as per the health guideline protocols and they both come back negative.

Th midfielder is preparing to resume light training and he thanked South Africans for the support they gave him during self isolation.

“I would like to thank everybody for the words of support during my time off.

“It wasn’t easy but the words of encouragement that I received is what kept me going. So‚ thank you all‚ I really appreciate it‚” he said.

Motshwari‚ who has featured in 18 matches for the club in all competitions this season‚ said the positive diagnosis left him in shock and he had to fight against a tough opponent.

“My initial response to the news that I had contracted coronavirus‚ was complete shock‚” said the 29-year old player.

“It’s not something you expect especially being a young and healthy athlete.

“We tend to think these things happen to other people other than ourselves‚ but I learned very quickly that this isn’t necessarily the case.

“The coronavirus does not discriminate‚ it doesn’t care who you are.

“This is a reality that we all must come to terms with. Having experienced what I have gone through this past month‚ I would like to encourage people to take heed of the messages of social distancing‚ the washing of hands and also those wearing a mask when in public.

“The only way we can beat this thing is to adhere to these safety measures and not underestimate this pandemic.”