Recuperating Nsibambi upbeat as Covid-19 ravages Egypt clubs

Friday July 24 2020

Under Lock & Key. Uganda Cranes forward

Under Lock & Key. Uganda Cranes forward Nsibambi (L) in action for his club Smouha in the Egyptian Premier League before the Covid-19 pandemic. Nsibambi returned positive results after a Covid-19 test on Tuesday and is now under self isolation for two weeks. PHOTO/COURTESY 


Drawing inspiration from football people like Mikel Arteta (Arsenal), Juventus players Paulo Dybala, Daniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi among others that have recovered from Covid-19 bouts, Uganda Cranes and Smouha forward believes Derrick Nsibambi he will overcome the pandemic scare that befell him on Tuesday.
Nsibambi and Burkinabé teammate Mohammed Koffi are believed to have contracted the virus after getting into contact with Zamalek SC players after last Sunday’s friendly game.

According to Egyptian news outlet Kingfut, Egyptian Premier League side Entag El-Harby reported 18 new cases of Coronavirus in the team after undergoing the Egyptian FA’s (EFA) mandatory swab test.
In preparation for the return of league action on August 6 after a five-month halt, many teams resumed group training sessions and have been partaking in closed training camps across the country.

Ray of hope
“After testing positive on Tuesday along with my colleague Mohammed Koffi, I started on my medication from home. I was told to stay home for about two weeks and then be assessed,” the Alexandria-based player told online publication Football256.
He added; “I’m now feeling fair and I think I will be fine InshAllah.”
It is indeed a testing moment for Nsibambi, who is still struggling to secure a starting berth in the sixth-placed Smouha with only two appearances thus far.
Uganda Cranes midfielder Taddeo Lwanga, who has just parted ways with Egyptian side Tanta, told Daily Monitor that the situation in Egypt is still tense although the lockdown has been eased with only schools closed.

“Even before the lockdown, the fans were not allowed in the stadiums and now every team is in camp but still the Covid-19 cases are rising,” Lwanga revealed.
It is still mixed fortunes for other Ugandans in Egypt; with Pyramids’ Abdul Lumala still recovering from injury. Emmanuel Okwi’s Alexandria Ittihad is set to face Zamalek in their first game on August 10. Okwi will meet Uganda Cranes teammate Allan Kyambadde’s El Gouna on August 14.


August 6:
Zamalek vs. El Masry
August 8:
Masry vs. El Entag
Makkasa vs. Aswan
August 9:
Al Ahly vs. ENPPI
August 10:
Haras vs. El Masry
Pyramids vs. Tanta
Ittihad vs. Zamalek