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My family is scared back home as we are still playing football - James Kotei

Wed, 15 Apr 2020 Source: Ghana Guardian

Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei has revealed that players in the Belarusian league do not realize that there is a pandemic affecting the world when they step onto the field but only realize what is happening after the game.

The Belarusian league is among a few leagues in the world that is still in progress following the Coronavirus pandemic that is causing havoc in the world.

Belarus has recorded 3,728 cases so far with 36 persons dead while 203 have fully recovered.

The Slavia-Mozyr midfielder reveals that even though they are fully aware of the virus, players and clubs have been very careful during this period.

"I must be frank with you as a player you are like a warrior, the moment you step on the field there so many things you forget about it and you don't think the virus," he told TV3 Sports. "It is after the game that you realize there is this thing going on and I have to be careful," he added.

"Initially we use to find out from them that what is going on, why are we still playing the league whiles in other countries it has been put on hold. They tell us the margin is not huge here but recently I heard the President is putting some measures across because even the doctors taking care of the affected ones are also contracting the virus," he continued.

"They are looking to the federation to maybe say the league has been put on hold."

"They are always scared, they keep on telling me to be careful. 'We need you alive' and everything put your mask on and they are scared they don't understand why we keep playing football," he concluded.

The midfielder joined Slavia-Mozyr in January from South African side Kaizer Chiefs.

Source: Ghana Guardian
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