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Bosso players back at training

by Staff reporter
22 Sep 2021 at 05:04hrs | Views
PLAYERS' attitudes at training have made life easier for the Highlanders' coaches, who have scheduled double sessions in an effort to make up for lost time in this pre-season.

Competitive domestic football returns next week with Premier Soccer League clubs completing the Chibuku Super Cup that was suspended midway through at the beginning of July when the Sports and Recreation Commission announced a ban on all sporting disciplines following the tightening of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions by the Government.

Bosso resumed training almost two weeks when other teams were into their pre-season after their players dodged scheduled Covid-19 tests protesting non-payment of outstanding salaries. All has now changed since Highlanders clinched a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal from energy giants Sakunda Holdings on Tuesday last week.

The following day, most players reported for training at the Ascot Racecourse where they have been doing cardio exercises. Defensive midfielder Adrian Silla missed last week's training and only reporting for duty yesterday morning.

Bosso's medical team cleared central midfielder Divine Mhindirira to resume light training yesterday after recovering from a knee injury suffered in May during one of Highlanders' Chibuku Super Cup games.

Head coach Mandla Mpofu said Mhindirira will not be involved in contact training for the next week, while attacking midfielder Muzi Dhlamini is being assessed after pulling a hamstring. Striker Rodi Sibanda was expected to join the rest of the squad from South Africa today.

Mpofu is confident that despite losing almost two weeks of training, they will be ready for the Chibuku Super Cup next week.

"Overall, I'm impressed with how the players are responding to our training methods. We started late and we have been doing cardio training at Ascot Racecourse since last Wednesday. The players understand the need to work during the weekend to make up for lost time.

"We are mindful of not overloading the players, so this week we started endurance training with the ball at White City Stadium. We've come up with a programme that is conducive for everyone. If we do double sessions today, then tomorrow we hold just one session so that the players recover," said Mpofu.

He held meetings with the players yesterday and briefed them about the club and technical team's expectations.

"It's important to get the players to understand what I want as a coach and what the club wants, hence the meetings we had. They were frank meetings and the players promised to give their all and forget everything that happened in the past. We've to focus on our goals by preparing for the challenges ahead.

"On the remuneration side, everyone is happy and grateful that Sakunda Holdings came to the club at the right time," Mpofu said.

Bosso resume their Chibuku Super Cup campaign with a game against Bulawayo Chiefs on Thursday next week before taking on Chicken Inn four days later.

Source - chronicle