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Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari cleared to train after recovering from COVID-19

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Ben Motshwari cleared to train after recovering from COVID-19

Orlando Pirates confirmed on Monday that star midfielder Ben Motshwari had recovered from COVID-19. The 29-year-old became the second South African – and the first locally-based – player to reveal that he had contracted the coronavirus when the club confirmed the news in early May.

He has since been under isolation while recovering and, after a month since his diagnosis, he is set to resume training.“Motshwari has performed, as per the health guidelines protocols, two separate tests which have both come back negative,” Orlando Pirates said in a statement.

“He will therefore no longer be subjected to home isolation and can resume light training.”Motshwari thanked all those who had shared words of support following his diagnosis.“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 recounted his shock upon hearing the news.“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.”The news of Motshwari’s diagnosis came soon after another South African player had tested positive for COVID-19. Sphephelo Sithole, a young midfielder who plays for Belenenses SAD in Portugal, had also contracted the coronavirus.

-The South African

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