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Tembo: SuperSport players won't be fully match fit for first game

SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo reckons his players will only be at around 70 to 80 percent match fitness when the season resumes.

Matsatsantsa will get their 2019/20 Premiership campaign back underway on August 16 when they clash with Bloemfontein Celtic at Bidvest Stadium, which is SuperSport's designated home ground for the rest of the season.

Tembo recognises that it will be a big challenge to manage his players' fitness levels after spending more than four months at home.

"I think we will probably be about 70 to 80 percent ready by the time we play our first match. We are going to take that match as a preparation match because we have not had time to play friendly matches because of this Covid-19‚" said Tembo, as quoted by TimesLIVE.

"Confirmation of the restart date by the chairman of the league Dr Khoza is helpful because it allows us as coaches and the players to plan properly. I am not saying things are going to be easy but it definitely makes planning a little bit better when you know when‚ what time and where you are going to play.

"It is not going to be easy because we only started training as a group a few days ago as we had to observe social distancing rules when we returned to training about a month ago.

"We will only know after the first match where the guys are in terms of match fitness because the reality of the situation is that players are not match fit now.

"We have been training for a few weeks but it was difficult to plan and load players not knowing when we are going to start.

"It was also difficult to push the guys at training in terms of fitness but we are excited that the league is going to resume and we want to thank all the people who worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that we get back to action."