Ivory Coast’s Zaha offers free accommodation to frontline medical staff

Amidst the doom and gloom, there are people doing what they can to help.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has offered free accommodation to medical staff in his London properties as they treat patients with coronavirus.

The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international is the latest football personality to offer a free bed, following in the footsteps of former Manchester United star Gary Neville and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Zaha said he had friends working in the National Health Service and he could provide accommodation for the hard-pressed staff who could not return home after their shifts.

He has built up a property portfolio of around 50 properties in London, including in trendy Notting Hill. The flats are usually used by corporate clients but with global travel severely restricted there is not much call for them at the moment.   

“If you do good, good will come to you,” said Zaha cited in The Times on Saturday. “It is clear that my intentions are that all I want to do is help at every opportunity, especially in the crazy period we are going through.

“Health workers please reach out. We have already had feedback — this is exactly what we wanted to achieve.”

His business partner Obi Williams said they had already been contacted by staff at two London hospitals.

“Anyone who can help and do their bit needs to stand up and help,” said Williams.

On Saturday, Zaha shared a Tweet from the property management company thanking people for their response so far. The message added that they are working directly with the NHS to assist healthcare workers and that they are reaching out to other property managers to meet the demand.

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