Warriors Star Zemura In Covid Scare Ahead Of AFCON

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By Sports Reporter

ENGLAND-BASED rising Zimbabwean star Jordan Zemura’s hopes of featuring in his maiden African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign is in serious doubt following revelations his club, AFC Bournemouth had been hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The virus outbreak at the championship club comes after the versatile defender was scheduled to join the national team in Cameroon for the African Cup of Nations tournament.

Zemura was scheduled to leave for Cameroon after playing the English Championship football game against Peterborough United at Vitality Stadium this Monday night.

However, he is not likely to make the trip following the latest development.

The club announced in a statement at the weekend the match had since been postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak and injuries in the Cherries camp.

It was not clear how many members of the first-team squad had tested positive for the virus and if Zemura is one of the affected players.

“AFC Bournemouth’s SkyBet Championship match against Peterborough United on Monday 3rd January has been postponed due to the number of injuries and new cases of Covid-19 within the first-team squad,” the club said in a statement.

“The Covid-19 cases were confirmed following the Cherries’ latest round of daily testing, carried out in line with the EFL’s Red protocols for first-team training settings which were introduced following the emergence of the Omicron variant.

“The Cherries’ application for the postponement was granted by the EFL on Saturday. The club has worked hard to try and fulfill the fixture. However, taking into account the injuries and positive Covid-19 cases, it does not have a sufficient number of players available in order to do this.”

The club said the affected players have since begun the mandatory seven-day isolation, which could run into the next weekend when the AFCON tournament kicks off in Cameroon.

“All those who tested positive have entered a seven-day period of isolation, in line with government guidelines.

“The fixture will be rearranged for a date to be announced in due course. All purchased tickets will be valid for the rescheduled fixture, but all supporters will be eligible for a refund if they are unable to attend on the new date,” Bournemouth added.

There are fears Zemura, who recently returned from a six-week injury lay off, could be caught up in the outbreak. The 22-year-old is one of the players to look forward to in the Zimbabwe squad at the AFCON tournament.