‘We don’t have team spirit’: Downs boss Mosimane laments training under Covid-19 restrictions

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Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane during a virtual press conference this week. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane during a virtual press conference this week. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images


Days before Mamelodi Sundowns go to battle against Bidvest Wits in the Nedbank Cup semifinal, coach Pitso Mosimane admits that his squad lacks “team spirit” because of strict Covid-19 regulations.

Sundowns take on the Students in a last four clash at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday (7.15pm).

The Brazilians been at a training camp in Rustenburg,in the North West, for the past few weeks. The camp has been a different, though, under the strict Covid-19 coronavirus regulations with team-mates expected to observe social distancing. This has undoubtedly affected training sessions.

“We are training in small groups. It’s strange, I mean one group sitting there and another group there,” Mosimane said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

“We have done only one video analysis and we must also observe social distancing. Remember we can’t be in a closed room, so we do it outside.

That’s football under Covid-19. We don’t have team spirit
Pitso Mosimane

“And then due to the sun’s reflection, you can’t see the visuals properly. So we had to do this between 5pm and 6pm but that time it’s cold so we had to stop it because the doctor warned us that we might get flu.

“That’s football under Covid-19. We don’t have team spirit. We eat within two hours [of each small group]. Everyone pops in and out. Sometimes you’re alone in the dining hall.”

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PSL games resume this Saturday with the Nedbank Cup. The Absa Premiership and the NFD GladAfrica Championship also start a few days later.

All games will be played in Gauteng in a “bubble” or a biologically safe environment.

Teams have been allocated new home grounds where games will be played in empty stadiums. Defending champions Sundowns will use Dobsonville Stadium for their nine remaining league home games.

Mosimane said he had asked Sundowns gardeners to look after the pitch at the Soweto stadium.

“I’ve sent my people, who look after Chloorkop, there. I told them to be there nine to five and help make sure the pitch is ready. We have been given a venue to play and we can’t be passing the buck on anyone. So we must look after the pitch,” he said.


Gomolemo Motshwane  

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