Players risk losing everything – Borges

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Polokwane City physical trainer Japhet Borges insists the current Absa Premiership forced break will leave a huge damage on the players technically, tactically and fitness-wise as no one knows until when the league will resume.

The local League has been hugely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it remains uncertain if the clubs will be able to finish their last 6 remaining matches of the 2019/20 season.

All PSL matches have been postponed since March 16 with another decision expected to be made on April 16 on the way forward. All clubs have also been forced to stop training due to the measures taken by the South African government.

“If the players stop 100% and they don’t do anything (individual training) then they will lose everything,” he tells FARPost.

“The other problem is that we don’t know for how long will be a lockdown because when we have a normal break we know for how long the players will stop training but for this one we don’t know. The performance will obviously have a big damage technically and tactically plus the match fitness because the players will not have any training with the ball or even play friendly matches,” said the former Orlando Pirates trainer.

The next move is expected to be announced in exactly a month since any club played a competitive month but Borges says his club has it all covered.

“We do have a training program for the players when they are at home and some of the activities don’t need to have equipment like weight plates or gym equipment. We also have a special program for players not to lose a contact with the ball,” he added.

Polokwane City held their last training session on Thursday last week and have also cancelled their sessions until the next government announcement.

By Ofhani Munyai

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