Polokwane City defender Thabiso Semenya has confirmed that his inaugural Thabiso Semenya Easter Tournament will be moved to a later date due to the COVID-19.
The 16-team tournament was due to take place at his home village of Moletjie from 10 to 13 April.
“We decided to postpone the tournament due to COVID-19 because as a professional footballer I need to set a good example to the community of Moletjie and South Africa as whole,” said Semenya.
“The tournament was going to play under FIFA rules so whatever the PSL decides on games is no exception to the local football as well, so we decided to follow the rules of SAFA and PSL. So it is postponed until it is safe to do so for people of our community and setting good example,” he added.
The 37-year-old also urged local football fans to adhere to the government calls and stay at home to avoid being infected by the virus.
“It is only important as a nation that we take the coronavirus serious for us so we can get back to our normal lives as early as possible,” Semenya continued.
“It is not pleasing to see what is going on in countries like Italy, Spain and the USA so please let us take this serious and it shall pass,” said the former Baroka and Platinum Stars player.
Semenya is in his second stint with ‘Rise and Shine’ and was involved in the last three matches for City before the forced-break due to the national lockdown.
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By Ofhani Munyai