Zambia Premier League club Napsa Stars FC have recorded a total of 19 Covid19 positive cases, the club has confirmed.
The news come at a time when the team is set to play their first game on July 31, ahead of league return.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) asked all clubs to undertake Covid19 tests before league resumption.
Napsa Stars FC, nicknamed the Pensioners, will host Buildcon FC this Friday.
“The results of the tests came out yesterday and a total of 19 players and officials (15 players and 4 officials) tested positive to Covid19,” Napsa stars FC has said in a statement.
“All the Positive players and officials have since gone into self isolation in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines. The club is in touch with the Ministry to ensure that these are closely monitored to avoid the further spread of the virus. The rest of the team has continued with preparations for the upcoming fixture.”
FAZ stopped the league on March 19 2020 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was recently announced that the league would resume on 18 July 2020 with rescheduled matches played first before full resumption on 1 August 2020 with Round 26 fixtures.
Napsa Stars have said that they are committed to fulfilling their fixture despite the current circumstances.
Napsa Stars FC are placed third on the log with 45 points after 25 games, a point below leaders Nkana and Forest Rangers.