Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs legend Itumeleng Khune wants fans across Southern Africa to work as a team in the battle to beat the coronavirus pandemic.
The veteran goalkeeper is in lockdown at home in South Africa, and has urged supporters to stay indoors and do their bit in the fight against the deadly pandemic.
“I want to give you guys some advice – stay at home, stay fit, stay healthy and make sure we fight this coronavirus together,” Khune said.
“If we join hands we can defeat it, but alone we cannot defeat it. So let’s work as a team, let’s help our government, because they are trying everything they can do.
“It starts with you, if you can stay home and make sure you keep everyone home, we will definitely defeat this coronavirus. I believe in you guys, let’s do this.”
Khune has won 91 caps for Bafana Bafana and featured at the 2009 Confederations Cup, 2010 World Cup, and the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2013.
Injury has laid him low on and off for the last few years, but he remains a huge influence on South African football and was recalled to the Bafana Bafana squad for the March Nations Cup qualifiers against Sao Tome e Principe before they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He has also been a kay part of the Chiefs squad since he made his debut in August 2007.
Khune is adhering to the guidelines laid out by the World Health Organisation in the bid to combat the coronavirus outbreak, which include:
Wash your hands frequently: Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene: Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.