Williams: We don’t want to mess it up now, priority is still health and safety

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Newly appointed SuperSport United captain Ronwen Williams has called on local clubs to adhere to the health and safety protocols by the National Soccer League (NSL) so that the season resumes on the proposed date.

‘Matsatsantsa’ received its compliance certificate and welcomed players back at their training ground in Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg at the beginning of July. The club is hard at work ahead of the resumption of the Absa Premiership after the government gave the PSL the greenlight.

“Our main priority is still health and safety, we have come a long way, so we don’t want to mess it up now,” said Williams on day five of their training programme.

“The technical team is strict on protocols. First three days have been about our fitness to see how far the players are and who needs more work done,” – Williams. Picture: SuperSport United. 

“We are still only training in smaller groups of five, so it’s not the entire team together. We are mostly doing individual work as we cannot train in large groups yet,” added the ‘Matsatsantsa’ skipper.

The 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign remains suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic since mid-March 2020.

However, the acting PSL chief executive Mato Madlala sent a letter to SAFA’s acting chief executive Tebogo Motlanthe to inform the country’s football mother body of the League’s Board of Governors (BoG) proposal to declare Gauteng as the province to host the remaining fixtures, starting on July 18.

According to PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza. it’s now all in SAFA’s hands.

“The club as a whole has done outside work in reminding us daily to follow proper procedures and we thank them for going the extra mile to make sure we can resume training,” said Williams.

“The training preparation starts at home as all members who report to work get screened before entering the facility. It is a case of No Mask, No Entry.

“We get kitted at home, upon arrival our temperatures get checked and we need to sanitize constantly, we then get addressed by the head coach and we start training, once done training we immediately leave the premises as other groups enter,” he concluded.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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