Waseem Isaacs says regaining match fitness will be difficult


Players campaigning in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) are trying to stay in shape by following their clubs’ at home workout programmes.

However, Stellenbosch top goal scorer Waseem Isaacs says to be physically fit for football you need to play football, match fitness is key.

“Obviously we won’t be as fit as we want to be [when the League resumes, because training at home and training on the field are two different things],” said Isaacs, who has scored 7 goals so far in his debut season in the Absa Premiership.

The PSL has been suspended indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic and it is unclear at the moment as to when or if the League will resume. The lockdown in South Africa is set to end on April 30, but this could be extended.

Isaacs says players cannot replicate the conditions that they get from matches at home. “So, you might be fit in running but match fitness always goes away and also a few days of not training or just training at home that fitness drops,” added Isaacs.

The PSL Board of Governors has appointed a task team to look at all possible measures to ensure that the leagues resume in compliance with the directives issued by the government and will take a decision thereafter.

“When we go back, we are going to have to work hard to get that fitness back, which is going to be difficult,” added the ‘Stellies’ striker. Picture courtesy of Stellenbosch. 

The 29-year-old went on to say that it is imperative to stay in shape and not pick up weight.

“The important thing for me now when we go back is to make sure I train hard on my finishing so I can score goals again, continue were we left off and just to make sure that I help the team stay in the League which is very important for us as a club and just set out new goals for the new season,” concluded Isaacs.

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