Stellenbosch FC have parted ways with goalkeeper Boy de Jong, who opted to head back to the Netherlands during the break imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Africa went into lockdown from Friday, prompting a tough decision for many foreign nationals in the country.
End of SA stint for Dutch keeper
The 25-year-old, who joined the club ahead of the start of the season, was one of those who chose to catch one of the last flights out before the 21-day lockdown, in the process terminating his contract.
“There was a lockdown in Holland, so only this week there are flights going back and I had to make a choice on what I want to do – take the risk to stay in South Africa or go home with my family,” he is quoted on the club’s official Instagram account.
“To be honest, we are a little bit concerned about the virus. Don’t take it easily, don’t take it for something easy, I think it’s a terrible thing.
“So, we made the choice to go back after I made an agreement with the club to end my contract early so that I can go home… Hopefully, in the future I can find something else – maybe I can come back to South Africa, but first, we have to kill the virus.”
Boy de Jong
De Jong featured in the majority of the top-flight newcomers’ 24 league matches, making 17 appearances where he kept six clean sheets.
The club bid him farewell on his journey.
“We bid Boy De Jong farewell today after he has decided to return to Holland amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to protect his family. We thank you for the incredible service to the club and all that you have contributed.”
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We bid @bdejongg farewell today after he has decided to return to the Netherlands amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to protect his family. We thank you for the incredible service to the club and all that you have contributed. We know decisions like these are tough to make but we stand behind you in putting your family first. Wishing you a safe journey back home and sending strength to you and your loved ones. #StellenboschFC #ProudlyStellenbosch #FarewellBoy #Thankyouforyourservice #SafeTravels