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Friday Apr 14, 2017. 10:30
New Swaziland national team coach Pieter De Jongh has lambasted the level of training in the country's top clubs.
The coach is drilling 26 Isihlangu Semnikati players in his third training camp and said the level of training does not meet international competitions.
Speaking to the Swazi Times website, the Dutch mentor said a number of players were not at the physical level he expected.
De Jongh is preparing for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger away and said that is why he trained the team under very hot conditions at the FA Technical Centre this past week.
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“I have assessed the players physically, mentally and on discipline and will issue a report next week after having done the analysis,” De Jongh is quoted.
“However, one can say that some players are not at the level of fitness required to play at this level.
“That is why I made them watch the UEFA Champions League match between Juventus and Barcelona to see how soccer players should look physically.
“I have changed the menu to control the diet and from here onwards there will no longer be white bread but instead brown bread.”
Furthermore the manager promised to visit clubs to engage coaches on how to improve physical training.
“I will have a way to work with coaches because at the end of the day we have to have a team that will compete,” he added.