Moroccan clubs return to training

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Morocco’s Botola League clubs return to training on Thursday ahead of the July 24 League resumption.
 
The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) president Faouzi Lekjaa said training sessions will be done in a systematic manner as recommended by health authorities. Clubs from the first and second tiers of Moroccan football will be first to get back on the pitch albeit in phases.
 
“The first phase is individual training over the course of 10 days, including only five players in each half of the stadium. The second phase will allow for 20 days of group training,” Lekjaa said in a statement.
 
The 12 rounds of matches postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in March will be played between July 24 and August 8.
 
In accordance with International Football Association Board (IFAB) recommendations, FRMF decided to allocate three minutes of rest to players after every 30 minutes of playing.
 
“This aims to avoid players’ physical stress, as they will be playing two matches a week rather than the usual one match every week,” said the federation.
 
On March 14, after the north African country announced its 17th confirmed COVID-19 case, FRMF decided to extend the postponement indefinitely.
 
The development comes after the Kingdom started easing the lockdown restrictions introduced in March to limit the spread of Covid-19. Some of the relaxed measures include the reopening of businesses such as restaurants, as well as the resumption of public transportation between cities and flights on major domestic air routes on June 25.
 
In accordance with International Football Association Board (IFAB) recommendations, FRMF decided to allocate three minutes of rest to players after every 30 minutes of playing.
 
“This aims to avoid players’ physical stress, as they will be playing two matches a week rather than the usual one match every week,” said the federation.
 
Wydad AC are at the top of the League table after amassing 36 points from their 18 games. In second place is FUS Rabat, who have played two fixtures more than Wydad AC, and collected 35 points.
 
Raja Casablanca are perched on sixth place after only playing 15 games because of their heavy Africa Safari and Arab Cup fixtures. They have collected 28 points and could still put up a strong challenge for the title.
 
 
By Mthokozisi Dube 

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