Indian Super League Covid19 bubble bursts in Goa

Highlanders assistant coach Jamil test positive undergoing treatment in Goa hospital

Indian Super League side NorthEast United’s assistant coach Khalid Jamil tested positive for coronavirus and is currently undergoing treatment for the same in a hospital in Goa, the club announced on Thursday. Jamil arrived in Goa along with along with a few players to begin the club’s pre-season just like all the other ISL clubs.

After keeping the positive test under wraps for more than a week the Highlanders have finally announced that the former India international has caught the virus. The club was forced to make his testing positive public after a Times of India mentioned on Wednesday that he had tested positive and has been admitted to a hospital in Goa.

A Times of India report said Jamil picked up the virus a week ago and he isolated himself in his hotel room in Goa. However, finding his recovery unsatisfactory, he was shifted to a hospital. “Jamil has been in hospital for the last two days,” a hospit source told TOI.

The report also quoted sources saying apart from Jamil, at least three other players have tested positive as well. However, the club has not officially confirmed the same.

The TOI report also mentioned the league rules in case of positive Covid-19 test. “During the minimum 14-day isolation, the individual will undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 10, Day 12 and Day 14. Provided, both the test results from Day 12 and Day 14 are negative, and he does not have any symptoms for more than 24 hours, the individual will be permitted to re-enter the bio-secure environment,” the league rule states.

The club released an official statement on the 15th of October, confirming the news. The official statement also revealed that his condition is currently stable.

“After testing positive for COVID-19, assistant coach Khalid Jamil is presently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Goa. This is a precautionary measure and his current condition is stable. We expect that he will be discharged from the hospital soon,” read the club statement.

As a player Jamil, made 47 appearances for the national team. As a coach, he has managed the likes of Aizawl FC as well as East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. Khalid Jamil won the I League with Aizawl in the 2016-17 season.

He was appointed as the assistant coach of the Highlanders for the 2019-20 season, but ended the campaign as the interim head coach of the team after then head coach Robert Jarni was sacked towards the end of the term due to the team’s poor performances.

Following NorthEast United’s hiring of Gerard Nus as their new head coach for the upcoming season, Jamil went back to being the assistant coach of the club.

With the new season, not so far away, the players and coaches have started arriving in Goa, where all the matches of the ISL are going to be held due to the pandemic.

A medical and cardiac screening in particular is required before return to play for all Covid-19 positive players irrespective of hospitalisation status.

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