CAPE TOWN – Cape Town City suffered a severe setback on Sunday when it was revealed that its two Bafana Bafana defenders have tested positive for Covid-19.
Club captain Thamsanqa Mkhize and teammate Abbubaker Mobara were both in the national camp for the African Nations Cup qualifying match against Sao Tome and Principle at FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
They have both been immediately withdrawn from the tie.
“Thamsanqa Mkhize and Abbubaker Mobara have been in isolation following a positive Covid-19 test. They will miss international duty and we wish them both a speedy recovery, ” an official CT City club statement said.
Mkhize and Mobara's withdrawal follows the positive test of three Supersport United players last month.
Thamsanqa Mkhize and Abbubaker Mobara have been in isolation following a positive COVID-19 test.— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) November 8, 2020
They will miss international duty and we wish them both a speedy recovery 💙#iamCityFC pic.twitter.com/3hic2H4jRq
The Pretoria-based club were hesitant to reveal the names of the players, although it is known that one of them was former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates winger Kudakwashe Mahachi.
The Zimbabwean national team star discovered his status when he was stopped from boarding a plane leaving South Africa, thereby failing to represent his country in an international friendly against Malawi.
Mahachi has returned to play and was on the bench in Supersport's MTN8 semifinal defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic this past weekend.