GABORONE, Botswana, April 2020/ — Botswana Football Association (BFA) President, Maclean Letshwiti has on behalf of the Botswana football fraternity conveyed his message regarding the Corona virus pandemic. Letshwiti, who ascended to the BFA presidency in 2016 has urged rallied his troops and the public to follow all the official health messages for their safety and others.
“We have stopped all the football activities indefinitely as we take into consideration the efforts by governments across the world to curb this pandemic. Let’s take care of ourselves and others. We have to reduce any chances of new infections by heeding government’s call to stay home,” said Letshwiti.
The decision to indefinitely suspended all football activities follows a meeting of the Emergency Committee of the FA held recently at which both parties discussed and assessed the dire situation relating to the coronavirus. The BFA’s decision has been necessitated by the need to mitigate the risk of infection. This decision will be kept under constant review.
“The health and well-being of our players, supporters and stakeholders, and those involved in the operation of the football matches, is of utmost importance. We will constantly assess and monitor the situation, get advice and guidance from government and health officials, and put contingency plans in place to respond to any emerging trends to Covid-19,” read a statement from BFA.
Botswana is currently practicing Extreme Social Distancing as of April 2-28 in a bid to halt the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, the same sentiments were echoed by national Under-20 coach Keitumetse ‘Pio’ Paul, as he called on Batswana to wash their hands, keep their surroundings clean and to also stay home during this Extreme Social Distancing period as ordered by President Mokgweetsi Masisi.
Remember to adhere to the guidelines laid out by the World Health Organisation in the bid to combat the coronavirus outbreak, which include:
Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.