Ex-Stars captain Otieno tests positive for COVID-19

Former Harambee Stars captain Musa Otieno has tested positive for coronavirus, his family confirmed on Tuesday.

His brother Barrack said the former Santos (Cape Town) player began showing symptoms of the virus on Friday and was taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital where a test on him returned positive for COVID-19.

He was transferred to the Mbagathi Hospital Unit for treatment.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa tweeted his support for the player.

— Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) June 30, 2020

Former Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi has meanwhile urged sports stakeholders to adhere to rules and regulations given by the Government in this period in order to curb the spread of disease stating that sports will continue like before in future when the virus will be contained.

“All coaches, players and everyone should take control measures towards the disease. This virus is real and we have to accept that. Many coaches conduct training in early morning and in the evening in a hidden place where they can’t be seen by the law enforcers hence breaking the protective measures to social distancing.”

“I am urging every stake holder, be it a coach, player fans and anyone to adhere to the measures given by the ministry of health and we shall curb this pandemic. We need our sportsmen and women as well as coaches in the game after the covid-19 pandemic is over and this will be achievable if all of us will observe the measures given.

The retired defender has been at the forefront in distributing foodstuff to the vulnerable in Maringo , the area where he grew up through his Kick off to Hope organization

Health officials will now begin tracing of Otieno’s contacts over the last two weeks.

Last week, Otieno participated in an activity with some National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) officials in Maringo.

During his playing days, Otieno featured for AFC Leopards and Tusker FC in Kenya but moved to South Africa in 2011 where he featured for Santos FC in the South African Premier Soccer League.

He has been an assistant coach to Harambee Stars under Bobby Williamson and Stanley Okumbi.

The Ministry of Health reported Monday 120 more people had tested positive for the Coronavirus in Kenya, raising the country’s total number of confirmed cases since March 13 to 6,190.

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