Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns have seemingly rewarded the players for their efforts in winning the CAF Champions League by giving them an extended break until January 18.
The Brazilians have virtually been playing non-stop competitive football for close to 18-months due to their campaign in Africa, as well as their participation in FIFA's Club World Cup in Japan in December last year.
It appears Sundowns will be one of the last Premiership teams to return to training in preparation for the second-half of the campaign. Some sides all already back to work with Kaizer Chiefs reporting to training on 6 January.
The club’s Communications Co-ordinator, Thulani Thuswa, confirmed to Soccer Laduma that the team will only resume training later in January, where they will no doubt look to prepare well in an attempt to defend their PSL title as well as their CAF Champions League crown.
With that said, the Pitso Mosimane-coached outfit will have to catch up some matches in 2017, after playing six matches less than most of the rest of the clubs in the PSL.
'Downs face defending champions TP Mazembe in the CAF Super Cup on the weekend of 16 February.
Masandawana resume their league campaign with a clash against Bloemfontein Celtic on February 8, before taking on Chippa United in a clash taking place at Sisa Dukashe Stadium.