Two players from the Brunei Darussalam under-23 team who are currently taking part in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Under-23 Championship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia have been tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD).
The national football governing body said in a statement that one positive case had been brought to the COVID-19 Care Centre in Cambodia.
The other case, which had only been recently confirmed through a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, will be brought to the COVID-19 Care Centre today.
All players and officials, however, were found to have been COVID-19 negative through the routine ART test.
The statement added, “FABD would like to assure everyone that the situation in Cambodia is currently under control with the strong support of the organiser, team doctor as well as the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Cambodia.”
It concluded, “Parents and immediate family members of the officials and players are continuously being updated of their health status and rest assured, FABD will do the utmost to make sure everyone is well taken care of.”
The under-23 officials and players had implemented its own standard operating procedures against COVID-19 infections, with advices from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Cambodia.
The news came following the withdrawals of Myanmar and Indonesia under-23 teams from the competition after being affected by a string of COVID-19 cases among players.