Returning to training won’t be easy but doable –Larsen

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While the Premier Soccer League clubs await a directive from the SAFA/NSL Joint Liaison Committee on the way forward regarding the start of trainings, Polokwane City head coach Clinton Larsen admits the whole process will not be easy but is doable.

Minister of Sports Nathi Mthethwa on Saturday gave football the go ahead to return to fitness training in the new level three national lockdown regulations which began on Monday.

But a joint meeting between SAFA and the PSL on Monday resolved that local football’s mother body SAFA needs to write to the Minister to seek more clarity on training procedures prior to the commencement of any training.

“We will hear what they say so that all these protocols are put into place before we get back into training. It is going to be difficult for some clubs because not all clubs have the facilities so for the clubs who don’t have facilities it is not going to be very easy because we use at least two or three training facilities,” Larsen told FARPost.

“Other clubs are in a similar situation and in that regard it’s not easy to be disinfecting fields every single day after every single training session. That is going to be a bit of a challenge but I am sure it’s something that the League has thought about and we are going to make sure that we adhere to whatever protocols and demands they put on clubs so it’s not going to be easy but it’s doable,” said Larsen whose team is 3rd from bottom.

Just like most clubs in the Absa Premiership, ‘Rise and Shine’ have been conducting their daily ‘training’ sessions via the Zoom Video Communication.

“Yeah we have been keeping in contact with the players all the time and basically they have the fitness trainer every day and from time to time the technical team also talk to the players to keep them motivated. After two months at home the players are really looking forward to training and getting back to play.

“This is the longest break that football has ever had in the history of football from days when I was playing so usually players get four weeks or maximum five weeks but this has gone now to nine weeks so it’s the first time that players have had to stay at home isolated and not being able to train on the football pitch so in that regard I think it is Psychologically challenging,” he said.

The Premier Soccer League executive Committee are also meeting today (Tuesday) and are expected to outline the outcomes of the meeting later on during the day.

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