Absa Premiership

Middendorp impressed with Amakhosi players despite isolation

2020-03-27 13:23
Eric Tinkler and Ernst Middendorp
Eric Tinkler and Ernst Middendorp (Getty Images)

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is delighted with the response of his players to the video conferencing they are using as a way to maintain fitness.

As the country experiences its first day of a three-week nationwide lockdown, as a result of the coronavirus, local clubs have been turning to technology to aid in keeping their players fit.

While the Premier Soccer League are hopeful the 2019/20 season will be completed this year, there is a real possibility this may not be the case.

Nonetheless, clubs have to make sure they are prepared for any scenario, with Middendorp talking up the "huge challenge" that his technical team are facing.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "Suspending the league season indefinitely is a huge challenge with regards to keeping the players sharp and fit.

"We have to deal with different scenarios. The players need to be very professional. We can only guide them adequately using modern technology (such as video conferencing)."

He added: "Currently‚ we are working online with the players individually. We have provided them with a platform for their own performance analysis.

"The players are receiving video clips that they need to watch. We are also discussing challenges with the guys.

"I am glad that everybody has been professional so far."

The manager also explained that while he is naturally keen to get back to work as soon as possible, the health and safety of everyone at Chiefs and in South Africa must come first.

"Of course, I wish to be on the training ground at any time and I hope to be back at Naturena soon‚ because we want to finish the season successfully," he explained.

"However‚ currently‚ we have to take care‚ heed the call to stay home and not move outside to avoid the expansion of the virus."

Amakhosi are currently leading the Absa Premiership, with 48 points from 22 games.

- TEAMtalk media


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