These are the worst of times and Albania based Banyana Banyana striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi is optimistic that South Africa and the African continent at large can beat the coronavirus pandemic by listening to authorities.
“I play my football out in Albania. I wanted to share that I am well and safe, and doing my best to stay alive. I need to ask you to do the same,” said Mgcoyi.
The FK Apolonia striker has scored 17 goals in just eight games before the Albanian Women’s National was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Let us turn a negative into positives,” added the former Mameldi Sundowns Ladies forward.
Mgcoyi is not the only South Africa at Apolonia as defender Zanele Nhlapo is also on the books of the Albanian top-flight outfit. Nhlapo made history by becoming the first ever women’s player in the country to be appointed captain of a team outside of the African borders.
Here’s a video from @2Nhlapo one stunner of a player who continues to wear the Captain’s armband with so much ease_we are forever proud of her. #COVID19 #RememberToDoTheBasics pic.twitter.com/m2CW0JMd4G
— Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Team (@SundownsLadies) April 6, 2020
South Africa is on a 21-day lockdown due to end on April 16 and the number of confirmed cases stand at 1, 655, 45 recoveries and 11 deaths. While in Albania where Mgcoyi and Nhlapo are based, they have recorded 361 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 20 deaths, according to media reports.
The 31-year-old prolific goal scorer has also previously featured for German side FC Saarbrücken, and Nové Zámky in Slovakia.
Mgcoyi was part of the Banyana Banyana side that took part in the London 2012 Olympics and also participated at the 2012 African Women Championship where she netted four goals to ensure Banyana reach the semifinals.
COSAFA urges the Africans to adhere the guidelines laid out by the World Health Organisation in the bid to combat the coronavirus outbreak, which include:
Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
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