By El-Amisty Nobo

Maritzburg United FC coach – Eric Tinkler seem not too excited about the decision by the PSL to restart the season in the Gauteng province.

The Absa Premiership will resume on August 11, 2020 and all the remaining games are going to be hosted in the Gauteng province which has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa, recording over 83,000 cases.

This has become a matter of concern to the former Bafana Bafana midfielder because the health of players is very paramount to the success of every team and the coach believes going into the bubble [the biologically safe environment in Gauteng] could have its own psychological effects.

“I hate to say this but going to the bubble is like being sent to an isolation cell in prison. That will be tough mentally,” Tinkler said.

Speaking about the new modes of training as a result of the COVID-19, the coach said it has been extremely strange, but they have to be responsible all the same:

“It’s been extremely tough. We are working under strange conditions at training with social distancing and the constant sanitising.

“It demands that we all take responsibility. The players must be extremely responsible and come to training and then go straight home without socialising and lock themselves until the next training to avoid coming in contact with the virus.

“There is a lot of frustration right now because there is a lot of loneliness when you are not at training… the mood and spirits are high at training; the problem starts when the guys have to go home after training.”

Maritzburg United will face Black Leopards on August 16 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.


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