With less than a month to go until the 2020/21 season kicks off, Super League clubs have returned to training to begin their preparations for the upcoming domestic season.
After spending seven months out of action due to the Coronavirus, clubs returned to their training bases with strict guidelines for Covid-19 provided to them by the sports department and government.
2019 TNM Super League defending champions Nyasa Big Bullets travelled to Mangochi for part of their preparations and Bullets media head coach Kalisto Pasuwa was quick to bemoan the lack of enough time for pre-season training ahead of the new season.
“We are remaining with four weeks to the new season and that’s very minimal in relation with the time that we needed. We should have been given six weeks or more for the players to be ready after such a lengthy period without playing football.
“That’s the reason why we came up with the intensive program to overload the players while also trying to manage their recovery and the diet aspect of it,” said Pasuwa.
Rivals Be Forward Wanderers started their preparations on Monday with physical training being prioritized as players have been out of action for all these months so starting things steadily is wise.
Having survived relegation from the top flight in their first season, Ntopwa FC also started work on their fitness ahead of their second season in the top-flight.
At Area 47, Silver Strikers were the first side to return to their training base as they started their preparations on Saturday. Kamuzu Barracks, MAFCO FC, Blue Eagles and Civil Service United all returned to the training grounds ahead of the new season.
In the Northern Region, some of the teams have also started their preparations whilst others are waiting for Covid-19 results on their players who they have recently run tests on.
The 2020/21 season will begin in November due to the pandemic which forced football administrators to cancel the season in March and the new season will begin with the Charity Shield on the 21st of November with the Super League kicking off a week later.
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By Prince Sobayeni