Ben Motshwari has spoken publicly for the first time becoming the first confirmed case of COVID-19 among South African-based soccer players.
Ben Motshwari breaks silence
The player’s club, Orlando Pirates revealed the dreadful news on Wednesday afternoon, saying he had presented flu-like symptoms before going for tests.
“The player is asymptomatic and is currently in-home isolation for the next 14 days. He will need to test negative before he is cleared.”
On Monday, the Buccaneers posted a video on social media, with Motshwari giving an update on his condition.
The 29-year-old kicks off the short clip by thanking the soccer fraternity for the encouraging words sent through since his diagnosis was revealed.
“Currently I’m under strict medical surveillance,” he adds.
“I’m doing quite well under the circumstances.”
Ben Motshwari, Orlando Pirates
— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) May 11, 2020
Overwhelming support for Pirates’ midfield maestro
Motshwari was the recipient of many well-wishes throughout the weeks after the announcement was made by Pirates, with rival clubs and former teammates sharing words of encouragement.
Among those who sent supportive words to the midfielder were his former club, Bidvest Wits, ex-Pirates goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo and Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane.
| We’d like to wish former #TheCleverBoys midfielder Ben Motshwari a speedy recovery.
— Bidvest Wits (at ) (@BidvestWits) May 7, 2020
Midfield Maestro! Buccaneer, you have too much resistance and strength to withstand this virus.I want to see you back on the pitch doing what you famous for.pic.twitter.com/Uk9PcP3HZr
— Pitso Mosimane (@TheRealPitso) May 7, 2020
A speedy recovery Benzo. . I know you have the strength to get through this. #once&always
— BRILLIANT ONE (@Brilliekhuzwayo) May 7, 2020
Elsewhere, another South African player tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
Sphephelo Sithole, a 21-year-old midfielder plying his trade in Portugal for Belenenses SAD, was confirmed to have contracted the novel virus.
Like Motshwari, he is currently under self-isolation.