Kaizer Chiefs Football Club’s resurgence that has seen them climb to the second spot on the Premier Soccer League log has been halted by a Covid-19 outbreak.
At least 31 players and club staffers have tested positive for the virus amid concerns that the new variant – Omicron – spreads much faster than the Delta.
Kaizer Chiefs tweeted on Friday morning that it had already “written to the Premier Soccer League to request for a postponement of the five upcoming games in December against Cape Town City, Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune FC, Royal AM, and Maritzburg United”.
The club’s headquarters at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena, Johannesburg, has also been closed until further notice.
The latest Covid-19 figures in South Africa show a spike.
On Friday the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said the cumulative number of new cases identified was now at 11 535. Sadly, 44 people succumbed to the virus during the period under review.
South Africa is on a major vaccination drive with more than 25 million people having had the jab in a population of about 60 million.