Covid hit National Women Football Championship; Group B matches postponed after KU player tested positive

By our correspondent

KARACHI: The Group B matches of the National Women Football Championship on Monday were postponed when a player of Karachi United was tested positive for Covid-19.

Four teams of the same group including Karachi United, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Sialkot City Women FC and Karachi Women FC have been told to conduct Covid tests. The PFF will bear the expenses of the tests, it was said in a press release.

“The PFF has been notified by KU that one of their players has been tested positive for Covid-19 on March 14. KU have been advised to get their entire squad tested. KU have played against Karachi Women FC and HEC while Karachi Women FC have met Sialkot City Women FC in the competition Group B till date,” the PFF said on Monday. “Therefore all teams in first and second contact have been advised to get their squads tested,” the PFF said.

“The PFF will provide financial support to all teams required to get tested. There will be no Group B matches at least until tests results are received. The PFF will decide further action depending on the test results,” it said.

The matches of the rest of the groups will be played as per schedule. And in Group A on Tuesday (today), WAPDA will lock horns with Hazara Girls Academy here at KMC Stadium.

Meanwhile some team sources told The News that the development has created tension among parents of the girls featuring in the 19-team competition.

“It is very dangerous. You see we have put up six players in one room and if some of them are tested positive then it would create a lot of issues for us,” a team source told this correspondent.

One of the hot favourites Masha United also have four Nepalis players. However a senior official of the team told The News that their team has been kept in the secured environment in a decent hotel. “We have put two players in a single room and here everything is perfect. All players are fit and there is no issue,” the official said.

After PSL-6 was postponed naturally it was not a shrewd decision to go for holding such a big women event in which 19 teams are featuring. A source said if the PFF wants to go ahead with the event it will have to manage Covid tests of all teams after every three days in order to avert any big damage to the health of the players.