It’s good to be back on the pitch – Manyama


Kaizer Chiefs are the latest club to confirm their return to training under strict COVID-19 protocols as PSL football edges closer to return.

Cape Town City were the first club to officially confirm their return to training followed by SuperSport United while other clubs such as Polokwane City have also returned to training.

Upon completing the first training session at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena today, Manyama spoke about adapting to the new normal, when it comes to training protocols.

“The set-up is new to us, but we have to get used to it,” he told the club’s website.

“Football is in my blood. I just need a few runs and touches on the ball to warm up and should be ready to compete. It felt good to run through a few exercises. I look forward to more of these sessions. The touches are still good though,” said the 29-year-old.

Before the lockdown, Manyama was in great form with 6 goals and 8 assists in the 21 League matches, leading to suggestions that he may have done enough to take home the individual accolades at the PSL end of season awards.

“I don’t think I’ve lost the spark. Also, it is refreshing to see my teammates albeit still maintaining a safe distancing. The body feels okay so far because we kept working hard under lockdown, there is no problem on that one. Obviously training on the pitch will tell as we go along,” he added.

The majority of the PSL teams have done the first rounds of testing with more of them reportedly also returning to training, though there has not been official communication.

The PSL is expected to announce in due course as to when, where and how the 2019/20 season will be completed.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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