SuperSport United Coach Kaitano Tembo has called for maximum attention for players as the South African league begins gradual attempt to restart.
Tembo made the submission even as Supersport became the first premier soccer league side to return to training ahead of the envisaged restart.
The Cape Town City side began training on Thursday in batches with five players training for at least an hour and half.
The Rainbow City league like most leagues across the globe was sent into the cooler in March following outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives with no cure yet in sight.
The fitness of most players is in doubt forcing world soccer ruling body FIFA to allow for five substitutions in games with players expected to begin matches well below their peak.
Tembo underlined the need to ensure that players avoid injury as much as possible admitting that the start will be slow.
“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
“It will be challenging because there is a huge risk of players getting injuries “he said
Meanwhile Table toppers Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed one year extension of three of their players.
Brylon Petersen, Philani Zulu and Siphelele Ntshangase have all put pen to paper on new deals that will keep them at the club until the end of the 2020/21 season.
The club’s goalkeeper and Nigeria international Daniel Akpeyi is however saved of any headache at the moment as he has a contract with the club till June 2022.
Although a couple of European clubs reportedly showed interest in the Super Eagles goalie just before the break of the pandemic, such interest may have to wait until some normalcy returns.