Nkana FC coach Manfred Chabinga has said the current football break, forced by Covid-19, is a proper offseason break.
While Nkana currently lies in third position of the Zambia Super League with three points behind leaders Forest Rangers, Chabinga has no doubt that every team is required over four weeks on the training grounds.
“It is more like we were in the offseason; players have stayed almost three months without playing so they need adequate preparations. We need at least one month for us to get prepared,” Chabinga said via the Lusaka Times.
“If we get less training time it will be like madalas. This is football and people will be expecting a lot from us. There is no way players can be training alone without competing with each other. You know football is about competing.
The former Chipolopolo defender concluded by confirming that the local players do not have the home structures to keep fit like that Europeans had done.
“Ours is not a fully professional league. Our players do not have facilities for training in their homes like treadmills or other equipment. It has been very difficult to monitor players I am telling you,” Chabinga concluded.