Thursday Apr 30, 2020. 16:00
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pisto Mosimane has warned that it will take time for players – at all clubs – to adjust to fitness demands if and when the Premier Soccer League resumes.
The PSL has been suspended for the better part of two months (the last league match was played on March 11) and it remains unclear as to when football will be allowed, despite South Africa beginning to ease lockdown restrictions from tomorrow (May 1).
Players have been forced to train at home to keep in shape, but this is no substitute for match fitness and Mosimane believes getting back up to speed will take some time.
“Anyone in our position in the world will not have match specific fitness. What we are focusing on currently is on strength and coordination,” Mosimane told Sundowns’ official website.
“Football is about turning, jumping, stopping, acceleration, so we cannot get that level of training. So we will need time to adjust to match fitness, once the PSL resumes.
“We need to be back on green grass, in order to train match situations. All the clubs in our position will not come back the same. We will have to work for it.”
Sundowns have been participating in virtual training sessions but Mosimane feels this is no substitute for on-pitch work.
“It would be different if we all had the same equipment, like a spinning class,” said Mosimane.
“The Tour de France boys are training using virtual reality and that helps them a lot. It’s different in football because you can’t play or train standing in one place.”
The Brazilians will be eager to see the season resume, as they attempt to chase down leaders Kaizer Chiefs and defend their league title.