COVID-19 COSAFA AfriCAN: Tuyisenge calls on all fans to play their part in coronavirus fight

There are many footballers from all over the African continent who are plying their trade in the COSAFA region, and for them the battle with the coronavirus pandemic is as important as if they were in their home country.

One such player is Rwanda international striker Jacques Tuyisenge, who plays for top Angolan side Petro Atletico.

The 28-year-old is a leading forward with his national team, and a recognisable figure on the continent having also featured in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions.

He has a message for Angolans, and football fans across the region, as the fight against the coronavirus pandemic goes on.

The plea is a simple one, if we all stick together to battle the spread of the virus, we will see football return sooner. Failure to do so and we could be facing a long period with no live matches to watch.

“I want to remind you to always wash your hands with soap or sanitiser, as often as you can,” Tuyisenge said.

“Practice social distancing and stop making unnecessary movements [outside of your house]. I kindly request everyone to take part in fighting this coronavirus.

Tuyisenge started his career with Etincelles FC, Kiyovu Sports and Police FC in Rwanda, before he crossed the border to Kenya and Gor Mahia in 2016, but signed with Petro in Angola last August.

He netted twice as Rwanda beat Seychelles 7-0 in November last year, and was also on target for Petro in their 2-2 Champions League draw with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns in January.

You can check out his full video message right here!

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.