NEUFC asst coach Jamil in hospital for Covid treatment


PANAJI: NorthEast United FC assistant coach Khalid Jamil has been moved to a hospital on the outskirts of the city for treatment of Covid-19.
Jamil picked up the infection almost a week ago, but sources said his recovery has been far from satisfactory. Initially, the NorthEast assistant coach isolated himself in his hotel room in north Goa but with no signs of progress, he was moved to the hospital.
“Jamil has been in hospital for the last two days,” a hospital source told TOI on Wednesday.
Jamil is not the only one at NorthEast United who has been infected with the virus. Sources said there are at least three other players who have tested positive for Covid-19.
Jamil, who won the I-League with Aizawl FC and has coached Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, is an important figure at the club. He had taken charge of the club as their interim head coach for the final three matches of the Indian Super League (ISL) last season after Robert Jarni parted ways with the club.
Jamil is now an assistant to Gerard Nus, besides head of youth development at NorthEast.
According to ISL Health and Safety Guidelines 2020-21, for Covid-19 positive cases appropriate government mandated protocols are applicable. This includes a minimum of 14-day isolation at the accommodation facility/ treatment centres or hospitals, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
“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.
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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