Mosimane welcomed his team back to training at Royal Marang after almost four months of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Being back has not been easy, it’s a new way of life and we have to have this new way of life as our normal life. It’s difficult since we have to walk around with masks on all the time, which means we can’t breathe easily but we have to observe the health issues and be exempliaries.”
The Brazilians welcomed the boys back at The Royal Marang for camp under strict regulations set out by both club and the PSL.
“When we usually meet for camp we greet each other, hug each other, say hello but now we meet each other on a WhatsApp group because when we arrived at camp we each got a key for our rooms, then we went straight to our rooms, and this is so we stick to the rules set out by the doctors so that we don’t hang around. So I’m asking players how they are, through a WhatsApp group, calls or going room to room.”
Coach Pitso was delighted to finally swap the Brazilians’ Zoom sessions for several small training sessions across the team, whilst adhering to strict COVID protocols. These might be frustrating at times but it’s what the team has to adhere to.
“It’s a different type of training, with small groups of 4, it takes a lot of time and it’s expensive because we have to make sure we have all the right equipment, we have to sanitize the balls, disinfecting the freekick men, disinfecting the bibs, it’s hard to believe what we have to do to train.”
With all these new rules put in place the team has done well to adjust to the precautions. Even the smallest actions have new rules, explained coach Pitso, “Everyone has their own baskets where they put their boots, bibs, water bottles, masks in. When you arrive for training you go to your station, you stay in your station and get ready for training. If you want to drink water you have to go to your station.”
The new rules and regulations have made all the training sessions “non-contact sessions”. These bring their own problems, the coach commented, “it makes it difficult to address the tactical side of the game.” But with the extra set of eyes in our new addition of coach Rhulani, this will surely be a small challenge for The Brazilians to overcome.