After a whole heap of running and fitness tests in the first week of their training programme, SuperSport United defender Clayton Daniels says coach Kaitano Tembo and the technical team are slowly bringing the football element together with conditioning.
SuperSport resumed training a week ago at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg after the club received its compliance certificate, training in accordance with the National Soccer League (NSL) Covid-19 Health and Safety Directive.
“The first week was tough even though we had an off-season programme and we did a lot of running and fitness tests to see where we are in terms of our fitness level so that the coaches can work on a training programme that can condition us and also make us football ready,” said Daniels.
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is set to resume in Gauteng after three months with the SA Football Association (SAFA) indicating that the first week of August is the appropriate time to return to action.
“I think it is the first time in my whole career I’ve been away from football and my teammates so three months is a long time to stay self-motivated and professional as possible because we could return anytime soon on to the pitch,” added the veteran defender.
With training conducted differently in small groups, Daniels says the team’s morale at training is high and the players are adapting to the new normal.
“We would love to hug each other to show appreciation and all those things but it is different now. I think the players adapt very well, they are very professional in that sense, it is more individually now than before.
“Every day we must fill in a questionnaire to say how you feel and sign it then the next step you get screened by officials, get your hands sanitized every time you get a break between training as we also train in small groups to keep the social distancing and we have been given masks to wear, so the club is following the protocol with strict precision,” he concluded.
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