Sunflower FC coach Siyabonga Malinga is worried about the the impact of the long break on his team due to adjusted level 4 lockdown that was introduced earlier this month by the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
His team is currently on top of the Sasol KwaZulu Natal League stream A, after eight rounds of matches with 24 points.
The Hammersdale-based team have won all their matches and looked on course to win their stream, until their league was suspended because of Covid-19.
Malinga told FARPost that he is hoping his players are training on their own so that they can be ready to finish the league when they resume.
“It’s a challenge, remember it’s not the first time we have a break like this. It’s really a disadvantage on our side, because we prepare the players and then there is lockdown,” he said.
“It means we must start afresh to prepare and work on our players to be fit and ready to finish the season.
“We’ve asked them to conduct individual trainings but it takes a disciplined player to do that without a watchful eye of the coach.
“This really affected the rhythm of the team, because like now we don’t know when are going to start playing again,” he lamented.
“It means we’ll have to plan a mini pre-season though we don’t know when we are going to play again, it’s really a disadvantage for us,” echoed Malinga.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter