COVID-19 COSAFA AfriCAN: Former Angola coach sends message of support to fans

Nations across the world are feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and even those no longer on the beautiful African continent are concerned about the future of its citizens.

Former Angola coach Srdjan Vasiljevic says he is thinking about the fans of his former side at this time, and sent a message of support to everyone in the country.

“I would like to send a friendly greeting from Belgrade in Serbia to all Angolans and at the same time deliver a message of support in such a difficult time for the whole world,” Vasiljevic said. “I want to plead with you to be responsible and disciplined, and follow the recommendations of our health authorities.

“Let us be optimistic, understanding, kind and sympathetic. The only way to overcome the pandemic that is impacting the whole of humanity. Let us all be in the comfort of our homes next to our families. Let’s stay home.

“A big hug to you all and Forca Angola.”

Vasiljevic led Angola to the knockout stages of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco.

He was also in charge of the team that played at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last year, where they were unlucky not to make it out of the pool stages after draws with heavyweights Tunisia and Mauritania, and a narrow 1-0 loss to Mali that sealed their fate.

Angola have had 19 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country and two deaths attributed to the pandemic.

You can view Vasiljevic’s message in Portuguese right here!

Angola fans should adhere 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.