- Long PSL pause not welcomed by some
The upcoming three-week international break has left some local coaches resigned to finding ways to keep their players sharp and focused.
The PSL fixture plan plus the upcoming international week will result in an extended pause between games.
The league will go on a break with the next top-flight games only coming on October 19 when the Telkom Knockout first round kicks off.
However, Highlands Park and SuperSport United are the exceptions as they will face off in the MTN8 final on Saturday, while Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will play in the Helix Cup on October 12.
Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates are the most affected, as they will have a gap of 21 days between games. Not so for new Leopards coach Luc Eymael, who said: “I look forward to having more training sessions with the players and implementing my philosophy on the team.”
Celtic and Pirates had their midweek games postponed to give United and Highlands a chance to prepare for the cup final.
Commenting on the break, Celtic coach Lehlohonolo Seema said: “It’s tough one not only for us, but other teams as well. We need to find ways to keep ourselves fit during the long break. Yes, it’s not an ideal situation but it has its advatanges because it affords us the chance to rest key players and ensure that they are fit for coming game which is against a tough SuperSport United.”
Seema noted his troophs will continue working on their game and ensure that the team gels accordingly. “Ideal as it might not be, the break is part of football so for us we will definately be looking at a few aspects that need some improving.”
Phunya Sele Sele will, without doubt, look to collect maximum points in that game having lost against former coach, Luc Eymael.
“We obviously don’t wanna to lose matches at home so we’ll go out seeking maiximum points on the day since we are playing at home,” said Seema.
Speaking on the long brea;, Downs coach Pitso Mosimane said: “There is a long break coming up and we will have to deal with it. At Sundowns we are used to playing every three days, so we’ll see what happens.”