Little rest time as PSL clubs return to training ahead of new season kick off

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Mamelodi Sundowns brought the curtain down on the season with a win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup final last Saturday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix
Mamelodi Sundowns brought the curtain down on the season with a win over Bloemfontein Celtic in the Nedbank Cup final last Saturday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix

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Only a few days since the PSL completed the delayed season, teams are already reporting for pre-season camps for the 2020/21 campaign.

The GladAfrica Championship season ended on August 30 while the Absa Premiership concluded on September 5.

PSL clubs completed their remaining matches in a bio-bubble behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Players were given a few days off because they had an enforced four-month break from March to July when games were suspended.

Teams are raring to go for the new season. But Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic will likely give their players more time off after competing in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.

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The 2020/21 season was set to start on October 9 but will be pushed further to accommodate the Fifa international week.

Highlands Park players returned to training on Monday only to be informed that the club was being sold to Tim Sukazi. It will now operate as TS Galaxy.

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AmaZulu also returned this week to training. Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic will likely give their players a few days off after competing in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday. Brilliant Mkhathini, the club’s media officer, said: “The players did their Covid-19 tests this week and will be back at training on Monday.”

Baroka FC in Limpopo as well as Cape Town City players have also directed to report for camp on Monday.

Media officer Julian Bailey said the players were given extra days off after performing well in the bio-bubble.

“Our team are reporting back for duty next week. The boys did really well in the bubble and they were given more time off. The technical team is already back preparing for the new season,” said Bailey.


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