Pitso: This thing is about being clever


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has shed light on the limitations and challenges amid their current situation but feels it breeds coaching intelligence.

Sundowns are getting used to the 'new normal' as they continue preparations for the resumption of the 2019/20 PSL season, pending the final outcome from the BOG meeting.

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The Brazilians have been in camp at the Royal Marang Hotel and conference centre in Rustenburg for more than two weeks but continue to face challenges in their daily training.

Check out the gallery above to see what Downs have been up to during their camp in Rustenburg

Mosimane, with the aid of the likes of Manqoba Mngqithi and Rhulani Mokwena, has had to think out of the box when it comes to his session plans, and more particularly when it comes to match analysis as they cannot gather in confined spaces indoors.

"This thing when you're training in Covid-19, it's about being clever; it's about finding alternatives, so you've got to think what you can do, even in training," Mosimane said.

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"We're doing match analysis but we can't all go into the conference room and sit there, so we do them outside on the balcony with good social distancing, and with a projector.

"So we struggle to get what the players are saying, because they've got their masks on and you can't hear the guys at the back because we use a big space.

"And we can only do it at a certain time – we do it between 5pm and 6pm, only for 45 minutes because if we do it earlier, there's the reflection of the sun and you can't get anything from a projector.

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"If you want to go indoors, the doctors say, 'No, we don't want conference rooms with people inside where there's no ventilation and all that in one space, it's too dangerous.' So, that's the challenges that we have but we make a plan.

"We're not complaining, we have trained well. We've got the conditioning up [but] the tactical awareness is not very good because, instead of 11-v-11 to get your shape and movements, it's not very easy, we train in departments and we don't train the whole team."

Scroll through the gallery above to check out Sundowns' training and video sessions

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