Wits goalie anticipates “awkward” behind closed doors experience


Poor stadium attendance is a long-standing conundrum in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) but Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo says the complete absence of spectators may feel strange as the remaining Absa Premiership matches are set to be played behind closed doors.

“Fans always have an influence in our games and our livelihoods as footballers, but again we must embrace this moment and give them something to cherish and rave about while watching from home,” he says.

Before the enforced coronavirus break, Wits were set to clash against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semifinals.

“Well, it’s always an exciting and great spectacle for everyone even though it’ll be played behind closed doors [Wits vs Downs]. Given the fact that our country is a soccer-loving nation this will be very awkward because it’s a very rare occurrence.

“It will still be one of those games you’ll be expecting fireworks, so I hope both teams will prepare well enough so that when the time comes, it will live up to the hype,” concluded the Wits shot-shopper.

Mhlongo, meanwhile, believes players should get at least three weeks of training before the resumption of the League.

“Ideally under normal circumstances after off-season break, we get at least 3-6 weeks pre-season training, if I’m not mistaken, so yeah, I have no idea for now,” – Mhlongo. Picture: Wits. 

PSL Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza will hold a press conference on Monday, 13 July 2020.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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