South African cricket player Solo Nqweni has tested positive for COVID-19.
Solo Nqweni becomes the third victim of COVID-19 in cricket after Pakistan’s Zafar Sarfraz and Scotland’s Majid Haq. He confirmed his current condition in a tweet and his agent Rob Humphries confirmed that the 26-year-old player is recovering at home.
In a tweet, Nqweni said, ‘So last year I got GBS, and have been battling this disease for the past 10 months and I'm only halfway through my recovery. I got TB, my liver failed and my kidney failed. Now, today, I tested positive for coronavirus. I don't understand why all of this is happening to me’.
The South African player’s career has been badly marred by several illnesses. In July 2019, he had been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare and somehow fatal condition which weakens muscles and damages the peripheral nervous system.
During those times, he was put into an induced coma for four weeks and had spent five months in intensive care. He went back home to his family in Johannesburg in January 2020 after a GoFundMe campaign became successful.
In his career, Nqweni has taken 60 wickets in 36 first-class matches. He also played eight under-19 ODI games for South Africa and three of those fell under the 2012 Under-19 World Cup. To further understand cricket formats, head over to Betwala.
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