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Football - WC Qualifiers: Two SA players to miss Zim match due to COVID-19

Thabiso Kutumela will miss the match against Zimbabwe due to COVID-19
South Africa’s national team will be without two of their players for the clash against Zimbabwe due to COVID-19.

A round of testing was conducted in camp and results showed that Thabiso Kutumela and Thibang Phete are positive and will therefore miss the FIFA World Cup group C qualifier against the Warriors at National Sports Stadium on Friday, 3 September.

This is a big blow for head coach Hugo Broos, who will be sitting on the bench for the first time since he was appointed by the South African Football Association a few months ago. The absence of Kutumela will be a major concern because he is one of the players Broos would have relied on for goals upfront. Kutumela joined South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns after finishing as Maritzburg United’s top scorer last season and has been settling well into his new club. Now they will need to take on Zimbabwe without him, as well as the clash against Ghana on Monday, 6 September, at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

"Unfortunately we have to report the two COVID cases that we've got in camp. Remember we did a round of testing on Wednesday morning and we started getting results from last night. Remember, for a large group like this, it's impractical to get the results all at once. We started getting the two flagged cases early in the morning. The earliest was Thibang Phete, who immediately isolated and later on, it emerged that Thabiso Kutumela also tested positive,"South African team doctor Tshepo Molobi was quoted as saying.

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