Xoki: Lockdown has not been easy

AmaZulu FC central defender, Tapelo Xoki, has opened up about life under the current lockdown.

The lockdown was imposed by the government in order to stem the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the country two months ago.

This came a few weeks after the current Premier Soccer League (PSL) season was suspended indefinitely due to the deadly virus.

The public was advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary social contacts, but the lockdown regulations have since been relaxed in recent weeks.

“It has not been easy for us as footballers especially in the beginning,” Xoki said.

“As footballers, we are used to going out and play football and get to smell the grass and rain.

“We had to stay at home and exercise which is something we were not used to, but we had to adjust to the situation.”

The season was halted soon after Usuthu had secured a well-deserved 1-0 victory over PSL log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on March 7.

AmaZulu were looking to build on the victory which took them to the 15th spot on the league standings.

“The fact that we are in the 15th spot left a bitter taste in our mouths because it doesn’t sit well with us when we look at the log,” Xoki said.

“It has been at the back of my mind throughout this situation, but we understand that we have to comply with the lockdown regulations and avoid risking lives.”

Xoki, 25, has made 21 appearances across all competitions for Usuthu this season.

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