Makua: Big three will struggle without fans

Premiership

Frank 'Disco' Makua believes the 'big three ' of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns could struggle with playing behind closed doors if the season resumes.

With football in the country brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a possibility of teams playing behind closed doors.

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The top divisions in Germany have been playing without supporters for the past two weekends, something the former Amakhosi midfielder believes might affect Absa Premiership sides who are used to playing in front of big support.

"Eish, I think they will have to adjust man," Makua tells KickOff.com.

"The situation right now will need them to continue playing because I don't think the season will be cancelled. They have to acclimatise and adjust to playing without fans. Yes it's going to be difficult because they play a big role the fans when it comes to playing in front of them.

"Because when your game is down, when they always cheer you up it lifts you, it boosts you so that you can up your game. But now if the supporters are not there, it's gonna be difficult for them to play.

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"Playing a game and training is two different games because if you playing without fans, it's difficult. Especially if you are not strong mentally, you crack as a player."

Makua added that this does not mean the smaller teams without a big fan base will have an advantage.

"Yes, they are used to playing without supporters but now it's 11 versus 11 and both teams will up their game to get results. I was watching the Bundesliga highlights, you can see the likes of Bayern, they performed in closed doors and they gave their best. They adjusted and they got results.

'I think all big three teams are going to struggle because even Sundowns have a strong support base these days. But they will adjust after two, three games you see. Because now you need results, that's all. The main fact is for them to get three points."

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