The Zimbabwean Football Association (ZIFA) has confirmed that their national team will resume training in preparations for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after a majority of the players who tested positive for the coronavirus have tested negative.
The Warriors’ camp was rocked by COVID-19 after a couple of players tested positive on their return to camp from a Christmas holiday on December 28, with the camp called off immediately.
But there is a major boost for Zimbabwe coach Zdravko Logarusic after up to 15 members of the team returned negative results in their latest round of tests that were conducted on Friday.
Only one player returned a positive test and will continue to be under quarantine away from the squad.
Logarusic and the players who tested negative are expected to resume full training ahead of the last round of testing before they depart for Cameroon on Monday afternoon.
“ZIFA is delighted to inform the football fraternity and the nation at large that 15 members of the Warriors’ CHAN team that had previously tested positive for COVID-19 have all tested negative save for one (1) in the re-tests conducted on January 8, 2021,” ZIFA said in a statement.
“The player that re-tested positive for COVID-19 will continue self-isolating while in camp, awaiting another test on January 12, 2021. The rest of the team is set to resume full training on Sunday.”
“The technical team and the 22 players declared COVID-19 free will now resume training ahead of their departure for Cameroon on January 13, 2021,” the statement added.
Zimbabwe are pooled in Group A at CHAN, and will play their first game against hosts Cameroon on January 16, in the tournament’s opening match.
Burkina Faso and Mali are Zimbabwe’s other opponents in the group.