Health first: De Jongh

23 Mar, 2020 - 11:03 0 Views
Health first: De Jongh Hendrik Pieter de Jongh says they need to hit the ground running after being given greenlight from the government to resume training


Monalisa John, Sports Reporter

FC Platinum coach Pieter de Jongh has urged football stakeholders to be patient until the coronavirus recedes saying people’s lives should be a priority.

The Premier Soccer League has announced action will begin later after President Mnangagwa ordered the cancellation of all sporting activities in the country.

And de Jongh, who is still basking in the Castle Challenge Cup glory, believes the authorities have taken correct measures.

The Zvishavane miners had already begun preparations for the 2020 Premiership season.

“Coronavirus is very serious danger and we must together try it to stop,” said de Jongh.

“Health of everyone in the world is most important. Yes, it affects our plans because as FC Platinum we were ready for the league.

“We are in good shape and good condition and we showed a good performance at the Challenge Cup. Now we are not sure when league is starting,” he said.

“Only it is the right decision because the health of everyone is most important.”

The Dutchman said they are monitoring the situation but will continue working in small group to comply with government’s directive that do not allow gathering of more than 100 people.

“The next 14 days we are going to be in small groups. We will do that every day. We are trying to do everything for the health of the players and staff only.”

He said the idea is to keep the players fit since they are not sure when the league will resume.

“After the next 14 days we can make new plans. Now we need to wait and see,” he said.

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