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Kaitano Tembo: 'It's important we look after our players'

Clayton Daniels  of Supersport United during the Telkom Knockout quarter final match Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 04, 2018 in Durban, South Africa.
Clayton Daniels of Supersport United during the Telkom Knockout quarter final match Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 04, 2018 in Durban, South Africa.
Anesh Debiky

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo says it is crucially important for clubs to take extra care with their players upon a return to competitive action.

Cape Town City became the first Premier Soccer League club to return to training, on Thursday, ahead of a proposed resumption of the 2019/20 season.

The league has been suspended since March, as a result of the coronavirus, leaving players inactive for over three months, aside from what they were able to achieve while training at home.

FIFA have allowed for five substitutes to be made in games, with players expected to begin matches well below their peak fitness.

As SuperSport prepare to restart their own training sessions, Tembo has underlined the importance of making sure his players avoid injury as best as possible.

He was reported on the Sowetan as saying: "We have to start training gradually with five players.

"We've to break that down, if you have a squad of 25 players it will mean you will need five hours of training if you train for an hour and 30 minutes.

"You have to break that when we start with individual training and group training before we move to full training."

He added: "I think it is important that we have to look after our players in terms of injuries. If you look at what's happening in Europe, the first two or three games it was a little bit difficult and it was tough.

"They had to take that into part of pre-season in the first two games. For us, we might need three to four weeks. In a normal situation, you need six to seven weeks.

"It will be challenging because there is a huge risk of players getting injuries."

- TEAMtalk media

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