Confederation of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), has announced that it will initiate a two-month Coronavirus (COVID-19 awareness campaign that will offer practical, potentially life-saving advice to citizens across in the wake of the deadly epidemic.
A statement from COSAFA Media says this will include messages of support from football personalities to drive the campaign initiatives, which is to try and reach as many fans as possible to educate them as to the dos and don’ts around the global pandemic.
“We will use elements of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and FIFA campaigns in this regard, but will be focused on southern Africans carrying this message to their own people as recognisable and trustworthy public figures,” says the statement.
“Football has always been an important tool in driving home key messages and in these uncertain times we believe this campaign can have a significant impact across the region.
“We ask that you play your part where you can, and help us to send messages that could save lives.
This is a time of great uncertainty in the world and in these moments we need leaders to emerge. We hope that you will join COSAFA in being one of those who raise their hands,” says the statement to its members that include Malawi.
Meanwhile, Togo international striker Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor has been put in quarantine for 14 days in Benin as a precautionary measures against COVID-19 as he transited from Paraguay heading home.
Adebayor was returning to his country following the suspension of the football activities in Paraguay and the Southern America region.
A report on ghanasoccernet.com said upon arriving at Cotonou, capital of Benin, to transit to Togo, the former Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC forward has been put in a quarantine by Beninois authorities as a preventative action against the widespread of the coronavirus even though he has not contracted or tested positive.
Adebayor joined Club Olimpia in Paraguay during the winter transfer window moving from Turkish side Kayserispor.
The ex-Togo captain has said he is unperturbed by the situation as he is used such actions.
Benin have recorded two cases of the deadly coronavirus disease.