The Presentation College (San Fernando) match against San Juan in the Secondary Schools Football League, scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to an outbreak of influenza.
San Juan was due to host the 2019 National Intercol champions in Game 54 of the 2022 SSFL season but the Presentation team and staff are in the grip of influenza.
Both teams are unbeaten in Group B of the Premier Division and the outcome could have a direct influence on the destination of the National League title.
The SSFL in a media release stated on Friday, “Game 54 has been postponed due to the players and the technical staff members of Presentation College, San Fernando, currently being affected by a strong influenza strain which is highly contagious.”
“Symptoms being experienced by the individuals include severe headaches, fever, difficulty in breathing, and body aches,” the release added.
The SSFA stated that based on medical advice given to Presentation College, it was recommended that all team members and reserves who were in training, stay away from physical play for a period of four days.
“It is in this regard, the Secondary Schools Football League, out of an abundance of caution has decided to postpone the match. This measure will safeguard both the affected players as their immune system could be further compromised, as well as the opposing team members, whose health by way of contact play and intermingling, can be compromised,” the SSFL stated.
In addition, the SSFL announced that two other games would be rescheduled to a date and time to be determined.
The affected games are Carapichaima East Secondary vs St Anthony’s College and Speyside High School against Pleasantville Secondary.
Further, the important Group A clash between St Benedict’s College and Naparima College will be staged at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday.
St Augustine Secondary will also face Fatima College at Warner Street, St Augustine on Saturday.
Both games begin at 3:30 pm.
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