Portsmouth defender who’s tested positive for Covid-19 calls for Chimes to ring out in symbol of hope against coronavirus fight

One of the players who tested positive for coronavirus has called on Pompey fans to produce a show of unity this weekend.

Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 11:45 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 3:15 pm

Haji Mnoga has asked for Portsmouth to come together in voice on Saturday and use the Pompey Chimes as a symbol of hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The homegrown talent from Southsea believes singing the Chimes can generate a sense of community and resolve as people across the city and beyond find themselves disconnected from each other.

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That’s led to the former Cottage Grove and Trafalgar School pupil launching a campaign for all to sing the Pompey Chimes at 3pm on Saturday when the Blues would ordinarily be playing.

Using the hashtag #PompeyChimes, Mnoga wrote on Twitter: ‘As a city we have always stood tall, we have been the staging point for many great things.

‘This island of ours has seen some amazing things.

‘At this time let’s stand tall again, with our football club at our heart.

Haji Mnoga. Picture: Paul Thompson

‘We want to come together and share love and support to all suffering, not only from the corona but all those fighting their fight.

‘At 3.00 (3pm) on Saturday 28th let’s fill the city air with the Pompey Chimes. Find a window, a garden some open air and somewhere safe and sing with the city.

‘Play up Pompey.’