Zitha Macheke: Life in the PSL Bio Bubble


The Bio Bubble life is unsatisfactory in the eyes of Bidvest Wits defender Zitha Macheke as he, like many other players, is not used to being in a ‘restrictive environment’.

However, Macheke admits that after a five-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, he is happy to adhere to the strict health and safety protocols by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in order to continue playing football and conclude the season.

Wits were one of the first four teams to enter the Biological Safe Environment (BSE) and got project restart underway during the Nedbank Cup semi-final against Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We are getting used to it. It is the new normal, but it is quite cheeky because we are not used to such an environment, even though sometimes preseason camp you do such, but it is dragging,” said Macheke.

“There are too many rules and what not, but at the end of the day we need to adhere to whatever we need to do so that we can be able to finish the coming games because it has been a while not playing, so we have to take it.”

The aim of a Biological Safe Environment (BSE) in Gauteng is to ensure that all the 32 PSL teams are relatively isolated from the outside world as to greatly minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection.

“It is tricky because of the rules, we don’t need to be in the same space most of the times and in most cases, you are alone until when you are in a [team] bus,” added Macheke.

“I think is a different environment because being alone in a room is really not nice but when we are in a bus going to training, that’s the moment when we probably share jokes with the guys and try to do something different in a way because after training you go back to the hotel, back to the room, the same routine over and over again.” concluded the former Chippa United and Kaizer Chiefs right-back.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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