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Ex Orlando Pirates striker Phumudzo Manenzhe has said that “big teams” in the Premier Soccer League [PSL] are going to be hit hard by playing behind closed doors as clubs prepare towards the resumption of the 2019/20 league season.

According to Manenzhe clubs likes of Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Bloemfontein Celtic are not familiar playing in empty stadiums, but would have to adjust now because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s during a very difficult time, the plan is to make sure everyone’s health is safe,” Manenzhe as quoted by the DailySun.

“Teams that command good support are going to suffer now because they do not have their 12th man. You know when playing for the big teams, supporters push you to another level.

“The playing fields will be level now that there won’t be supporters. It is going to be a big challenge for those players that are playing for teams that attract crowds to the stadium.

“As much as football is a contact sport, most of the things are more mental than physical.

“I think players will have to be strong mentally despite knowing that there have been other teammates who tested positive.”

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