Luther Singh uneasy in Portugal


SA U23 striker Luther Singh‚ on loan at Moreirense from Sporting Braga, has admitted that he doesn’t feel safe yet after Portuguese clubs returned to training last Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Primeira Liga is due to resume on June 4 as the Portuguese government gave the green light last Thursday for the remaining 10 rounds of the season to be played, as well as the final of the Portuguese Cup.

However, Singh told the South African Football Journalists Association (SAFJA) that he is not feeling safe despite his Portuguese club Moreirense taking considerable health precautions to return to training in preparation for the resumption of the league.

“I don’t feel safe as yet because you know some people can get coronavirus without symptoms and I feel like for me when I go to training I feel okay, I’m okay and the next minute I feel like I’m not okay,” – Singh

“I haven’t heard of anyone that has it (Covid-19) or seen anyone that had it. I go to training I sanitise I do what I have to do. I feel like you can only do what you know is best for you. You can only protect what you can protect,” said Singh.

“We started training a week ago – last week Monday. First of all, we did a test to see if everyone was okay [not coronavirus-positive] – and everyone was good.

“Then we started training in groups of four‚ where everyone would train different hours. We’ve done that until today‚ where each coach has a certain time to work with just four players.”

“You already are in your kit going to training‚ ready to train. You just take your boots with you and go with your mask,” – Singh.

In an effort to stay safe, the 22-year-old went on to say that they sanitise and clean their hands and club officials provides the players with plastic gloves and masks “to be on the safe side.”

“They’re just trying to keep us on the safe side where you get to training prepared‚ you don’t shower at training‚ and then you leave, and you shower at your house.

“But I mean‚ I haven’t heard of anyone who has it‚ or seen anyone who has it. For me‚ I go to training‚ and I do what I have to do. I go home and stay in the lockdown. Staying at home‚ it’s much better – I feel safer. I go to training‚ I do my thing‚ and then I come home.

“So, I feel like I’m safe because I’m doing the right thing. I’m following the instructions they gave us from the club and the government and the president,” concluded the talented striker.

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