The onus is on players – Kerr

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With the national lockdown now extended by a further 2 weeks, football players will be required to remain even more disciplined to follow the recommended training programmes by their respective coaches.

Clubs will only know by the end of April when the league will resume and if they would be able to recommence with their normal training before the league can restart.

Baroka coach Dylan Kerr tells FARPost he gave his players three things to think about as a motivation to stay in good shape.

“I left them with three things to think about 1. Absa Premiership Survival 2. Nedbank Cup Final or 3. GladAfrica Championship and probably most playing careers will be over. If the last one isn’t motivation to stay in good fitness then what is?” asked Kerr.

“I gave them a programme as a guide to what they can do at home because you are not allowed to run or jog it’s limited but as I said to the players it’s an individual sacrifice to maintain your levels of fitness because we don’t know when the PSL will be played again. We cannot and don’t have time to play catch up on players’ fitness so the responsibility is on the players not to let anyone down,” he emphasised.

‘Bakgaga’ who are in the bottom 4 with six matches remaining still have a Nedbank Cup semi-final clash to play against Bloemfontein Celtic.

“I want the mentality of the club to shift away from always being in a relegation battle to becoming better. The highest powers have decisions to make on the best way forward for football but the money involved in the game needs to be the last thing on clubs or associations minds,  it is the integrity of the game that must be fulfilled,” he said.

The former Leeds United and Arcadia Shepherds player has also offered support to the general public who might been in need in these difficult times.

“This is an unreal situation of fear and worry because no one knows who has this virus. I live alone and my mental health is always positive but there are people who have these issues that must struggle and we must support everyone.

“My worry is the locals that live in townships and live in poverty they are the ones who will suffer the most and I have offered my services to anyone who wants help or support even if it’s an email, a phone call or message to keep everyone in high spirits,” added Kerr.

The 53-year-old has been in charge for seven matches since receiving his working permit late January winning four and losing three.

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