Mokwena: It’s important for footballers to reconnect with the ball


With the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on hold until further notice and South Africa on a 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chippa United coach Rulani Mokwena has shared some advice for footballers on how to “include and manipulate exercises at home with the ball.”

“The coronavirus has helped us to recharge, reconnect, reflect but at the same time,” said Mokwena.

“I think it is important that during the process of reflecting, we take a little bit of time while we are training to reconnect also with the ball,” added the Chippa coach, who is on loan from Orlando Pirates until the end of the 2019/20 season.

“My advice to football players is as much the physical components of your daily routines with regards to your training programmes are important, let us not forget that we are football players.

The former Pirates caretaker coach and Mamelodi Sundowns assistant mentor emphasised the significance of making use of the ball while footballers train in their own backyard.

“A pianist doesn’t run around a piano before he sits and plays the piano so, include and manipulate all your exercises with the ball, try to run, sprint, jog by using the ball because at the end of the day your relationship with the ball is the most important thing,” he said.

In the absence of some football action, Mokwena says footballers and the nation can use the 21 days to gain knowledge.

“I have enrolled on the Starting with Psychology, a free course provided by Open University. We can all use this time to increase our IP…this course and many others are extremely beneficial, and they are free. Just completed module 1 and I want to be done by Friday,” concluded Mokwena.

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