Kaitano Tembo describes return to football as an “emotional experience”

By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo
FORMER Warriors international and Supersport United coach, Kaitano Tembo whose team was among the first Absa Premiership teams deemed Covid-19 compliant has described the development as an emotional experience.

After two weeks of training, the Tshwane based outfit has had their full complement of players available, although they are split into small groups with different training schedules.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the team’s coach Kaitano Tembo revealed that it was an emotional experience to be with his players once again after seeing them for the first time in three months owing to the lockdown.

Although players had training programmes during isolation, the former Dynamos and Warriors defensive pillar revealed that during the first week they have been working on players’ fitness.

When ABSA PSL action was halted owing to the Covid-19 induced lockdown in March, Matsantsantsa were in the third position with 40 points, trailing log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by eight points although the Glamour boys still boast of having two more games in hand.

The South African premiership has not been spared by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the league endeavouring to give financial assistance to clubs that cannot afford to undergo the mandatory testing prior to going into the bio-bubble.

ABSA PSL boss, Irvine Khoza is quoted in South African media as saying that while the bill for these procedures is for each individual club, the PSL will assist in funding prior to the restart of the 2019 to 2020 season but will reclaim any amounts from future grants.

Premiership and Championship clubs are required to test all players and staff members in two phases – the first before returning to group training and the second before entering the biologically safe environment, which has been confirmed as Gauteng.