COVID-19 COSAFA AfriCAN: Mambas star Witi seals promotion after coronavirus KOs season

While African leagues remain in limbo, or have been cancelled altogether, some of the continent’s stars will be back in action soon as competitions in Europe gear up for the re-start.

But this won’t include Mozambique international Witi, who has been a superb performer at recent COSAFA Cup tournaments and plays his club football for CD Nacional.

The Portuguese top-flight is set to resume on May 30, with a thrilling finish to the season involving FC Porto and Benfica.

But the second-tier, where Witi plays, has been abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that does mean Nacional have been handed promotion to the top-flight next season.

The boyhood club of Cristiano Ronaldo had been top of the table after 30 matches before the season was paused, and have now earned their place among the country’s elite in the next campaign.

Check out this video of how Witi celebrated promotion!

“In this moment of enormous joy, in which I think justice has been done for everything we have done throughout the championship, I want to thank everyone who helped me achieve another beautiful moment in my career,” he said on Instagram.

“To my family for their unconditional support, to the fans of CD Nacional who believed since the first hour.

“To my manager, who knew how to make me understand in the most difficult moments, and to all Mozambicans who support us like nobody else, who always support those who defend our homeland.

“We all conquered again. Pride, pride and thanks! We are together.”

If you want a glimpse of the quality of Witi, check out this great goal from the 2019 COSAFA Cup!

It is a reminder to fans though that the coronavirus is continuing to wreak havoc with the 2019/20 football season, and we all need to do our part to halt its spread.

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.