Related News

Related Club News

Coaches have mixed feelings over League break

Absa Premiership coaches have mixed feelings over long break.

Posted: 21 December 2012 Time: 10:11 am

The long break in the Premier League fixtures to accommodate next month's Africa Cup of Nations – which comes after the title chase has just passed the halfway mark – has drawn varied reactions from coaches in the topflight League.

Some coaches whose teams have been performing well fear the lengthy break may disturb their rhythm while those who have been finding the going tough are only too happy to embrace the recess and intend to use the time to address their challenges before the resumption of the League in February.

CLICK HERE for 2013 Afcon news.

Other coaches hope the eight weeks will provide sufficient time for the recovery of some of their key players, who have been sidelined from action because of injury.

CLICK HERE for more on Orlando Pirates.

Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa – whose team trails log leaders Kaizer Chiefs by a single point on the League table – is not sure whether he should be happy or worried by the lengthy break.

"For me, it is like two sides of the same coin," De Sa, whose team cruised to a 2-0 victory over Golden Arrows on Wednesday night, tells KickOff.com.

"I am happy that the players will be able to rest. Some of the injured players will also have enough time to recover without any pressure.

"However, I am worried that the break may affect our momentum. We have been playing very well in our League matches but it is as if we are now on off-season.

"The team will play four or five friendly matches during the break to make sure that we keep the fitness levels up," adds De Sa, who is also looking to sign new players when the transfer window opens in January.

CLICK HERE for more on Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is also hoping that the break will provide adequate time for the recovery of players on his injury list: Punch Masenamela, Doctor Mampuru, Edward Manqele, Lebohang Mokoena and Eleazar Rodgers.

CLICK HERE for more on Kaizer Chiefs.

However, while Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter hopes to use the break to "make a few adjustments" and "establish the defence", the British coach is worried that six of his players might either pick up injuries or could be suffering from fatigue when they return from Afcon duty with Bafana Bafana.

CLICK HERE for more on Moroka Swallows.

Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques hopes to "recharge the batteries" during the breather after the team ended a largely disappointing stint of poor results with a 2-0 win over Platinum Stars on Wednesday evening.

CLICK HERE for more on Ajax Cape Town.

Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town and University of Pretoria will all be involved in friendly matches during this period.

Ajax will host Norwegian side Vikings on February 2 while University of Pretoria will play against Africa Cup of Nations Group D finalists Algeria on 16 January.

Algeria – who are based in Rustenburg and are also due to play against Bafana in an international friendly on 13 January – might also play against Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in a practice match that is yet to be confirmed.

Previous comments on this story...

''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 10:19 am
Chiefs To Head Out To Manchester United
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 10:21 am
There is no story here, we all know that RDS's teams performs better in the 1st round & fates away in the 2nd round... Pierates will be no exception
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 10:22 am
Judging Chimpanzees by their last game i can savely confirm; the wheels are realy coming off, its jst a matter of time until Sundowns get revenge for the first round defeat. After that its Bucs wayawaya!
Ez'kamagebhula*
posted: 10:22 am
So what, if chifs will go to england & copy other teams strategies?
''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 10:25 am
this pic reminds me of the movie 300, in this case 300 in red going against 89700 in gold,

join us as we reclaim the glory

and by the way the 300 did not survive, shame they puffed and huffed but at the end, were outsmarted
Ez'kamagebhula*
posted: 10:26 am
Is Hlabalisti or whatever his name is be called uSosobala? 'cause he just predicted the fall of Pirates.

Asizweni ma-hypocrite wamaZebra!
''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 10:31 am
So what, if chifs will go to england & copy other teams strategies?

atleast they not claiming to be bucselona, or have myessi in their squad,

bloody fong kongs,

join us ......as we ........
INCOGNITO
posted: 10:32 am
Bosso ke Khoza
''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 10:35 am
and we all know who the real samba boys are... brazilians kuphi la???nxa

join us..........
El Sol
posted: 10:39 am
Lmao futbol is really fun, Pirates fans blog about Chiefs &Chiefs fans blog about Pirates..in as much as we are rivals @ the end of the day we make this KO an interesting blog, we critisize, diss &joke bout our opponents bt dat doesn't make us enemies..just wana take this chance to wish all of u (bloggers) a happy festive season , Gucci, Phefeni, Hlabarito namajita..Ramsees, Nipsy,nabo 'Champ' &every1 else nibe grand gents Feb 2013 is not dat far so take care outies &keep it real( support our national team regardless of who's selected to play)• Khooooosi•
''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 10:39 am
Chiefs mentor Stuart Baxter, a former England under-19 coach, is believed to have used his contacts in the English game to arrange the trip.

black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow, all we do is win win win no matter what,

kc certainly lifted my festive spirit...join us....
East Rand
posted: 10:43 am
Someone here is babalazed with Christmas bonus mxm!!!!

Once and Always since 1937!!!
''Beckham''Hazard''
posted: 10:43 am
El Sol

posted: 10:39 am | Report

Lmao futbol is really fun, Pirates fans blog about Chiefs &Chiefs fans blog about Pirates..in as much as we are rivals @ the end of the day we make this KO an interesting blog, we critisize, diss &joke bout our opponents bt dat doesn't make us enemies..just wana take this chance to wish all of u (bloggers) a happy festive season , Gucci, Phefeni, Hlabarito namajita..Ramsees, Nipsy,nabo 'Champ' &every1 else nibe grand gents Feb 2013 is not dat far so take care outies &keep it real( support our national team regardless of who's selected to play)• Khooooosi•

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- merry new year khosi nation, come feb we parkefy them some more.............
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 10:52 am
What a beautiful site, Dankie Mabhakaniya
Merry Xmas & Happy New Year to all fellow bloggers
Please do not drink and drive or you'll find yourself on the other side of the Cage.

Once And Always
Prof_Makaveli
posted: 10:53 am
Those who know can they plz tell us which players are Amakhosi, Sundowns nd Pirates planning to buy nd sell/release....

Is De Sa planning a Bidvest Wits raid???

Which big names is Pitso going to release???

Tell us bafe2 plz share the info...
MAMINZELA
posted: 10:53 am
Up the BEAUTIFUL Bucs!!!

Beauty is in the eye of the Bhakaniya

Look at US . . . . . . . Beautiful Image!!!
VENDABOY@KHOSI4LF.COM
posted: 10:54 am
@''Beckham''Hazard''

Tell Mr editor...Kaizer Chiefs will play against Man united.
MAMINZELA
posted: 10:55 am
''Beckham''Hazard''posted: 10:19 am | Report Chiefs To Head Out To Manchester United

Whether they head or dunusa at Manchester we dont care
Prof_Makaveli
posted: 11:03 am
For Amakhosi I think the break will help a lot, players lyk Mathoho wer playing with strapped knees, nd the players wer showing signs of fatigue...plus next year we will have the return of Gould nd we have a chance of buying new players, players lyk Masilela will get back to full fitness...

the most important part of the marathon is coming in Feb, hope the players will be ready coz ku yo ba nzima...hope Baxter brings back lo muthi we ManCheaters Untd...

All hail Rise nd Glory...nd King G.Chitalu
The Game..
posted: 11:22 am
Frankly, speaking the break: will affect all the teams but having said that: Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars will be an a disadvantage, taking into consideration the combinations and apparently momentum will be affected: actually you don't have to be a soccer analyst to know that....so teams like Sundowns, Supersports will benefit from the break...as they will be having time to do an evaluation on their downfall in their performances...Amazulu , Chippa United are also amongst those teams who may benefit from the break, since almost all teams will be rusty: it happens and if you don't believe me,,,,wait until Mamelodi Sundowns and Chiefs game at Loftus:

Next year, it's not only the year where we will get a gist what football is, but standings are subject to change: as the coaches are having different sentiments....the truth is those who are doing well / have been doing well kwi first round are / should be worried: I remember very well last year, my christmas was one of the best...but the so called 'break'....didn't play fair on us: as the article suggest Moroka Swallows coach will have to come back with new or amended techniques:
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of KickOff.com. Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to editor@kickoff.com.