We must focus on player safety – SuperSport’s Tembo

We must focus on player safety – SuperSport’s Tembo
Kaitano Tembo coach of Supersport United

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jun 28, 2020. 16:00

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has welcomed the news that Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs will be allowed to return to training under Level 3 of South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown.

The PSL has been dormant since March due to the pandemic, but last week brought news that professional football clubs can resume training and begin plotting a way forward for the game to return and the 2019-20 season to be completed.

While the Matsatsantsa mentor is happy to get back to work, he insists that safety and hygiene comes first.

“I think there are a lot of protocols that need to be followed in terms of sanitising our training fields, our dressing rooms, and so on,” Tembo told Goal.

“Until that is done or protocols are met we cannot start and the PSL having sent us a message or an order that we can go ahead.

“In the sense that, we are waiting for a compliance certificate that we can be able to start training.

“Most definitely, [it’s a glimmer of hope] if you look at where we are coming from for the past three months, it was hectic.

“We have moved from Level 5 to Level 4 and there’s definitely hope that football can return. We are now in Level 3 and it’s a little bit flexible in terms of us doing what we used to do.

“We have to find places where the players can train on their own and that’ promising whilst practising social distancing. That’s better compared to Level 4 where they couldn’t do that.

“It’s a better move that we can start training. But the main thing is to focus on the safety of our players.”

Tembo, when asked whether SuperSport were looking to re-sign Jeremy Brockie (currently on loan at Maritzburg United from Mamelodi Sundowns), kept his cards close to his chest.

“For us at the moment, we have to focus on getting back and not look far ahead,” he explained.

“We have to go back to training and it’s a very sensitive time for us at the moment where you can’t be talking about signing players or address the Brockie [rumours].

“We still have to finish the season and we can start talking about players that we would like to sign.”

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