SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Ismaily SC goalkeeping coach Saafan El-Soghayar says rumours of some of his players having coronavirus are not true.
The rumours have been circulating since Ismaily players travelled to Morocco to face Raja Casablanca in the semi final of the Arab Championship that was not played due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
” There have been rumours spreading about players getting infected by the coronavirus, Mohamed Magdy and Mohamed Sadek in particular, while we were in Morocco.” El-Soghayar told Time Sports as quoted by Kingfut.
“These rumours are certainly not true and all the players are fine and in good shape. It’s just sad to see such rumours spreading as the players’ families were really worried about them.”
The Ismaily players including Ugandan striker Patrick Henry Kaddu returned to Egypt after Morocco suspended all sporting activities.
A total of 256 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Egypt with 42 successfully recovering.
Just like Morocco and Egypt, Uganda is among the various African countries that have suspended any sporting events due to the pandemic.
Other countries that have put a halt on sporting activities include South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Kenya, Guinea, Sudan, Zambia, Botswana, Algeria, Nigeria, DR. Congo among others.
The Egyptian Premier League is suspended by the Egyptian Federation for 15 days with Ismaily sitting 9th with 22 points in 18 games played.
Kaddu who is on loan from RS Berkane of Morocco, has played two games for Ismaily scoring one goal that came in a 1-1 draw with El Gounah.
Egypt is also home to Ugandan players Emma Okwi, Taddeo Lwanga, Khalid Aucho, Abdul Lumala, Derrick Nsibambi and Allan Kyambadde.