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Kaizer Chiefs working on post-lockdown plans

News24
31 May 2020, 04:12 GMT+10

Kaizer Chiefs have been closely monitoring their players' physical and psychological well-being as the Premier Soccer League hopes for a potential resumption of league games.

While a number of leagues throughout the world took an early decision to cancel their seasons, the Bundesliga is the most prominent league to have already restarted matches, behind closed-doors.

The English Premier League is fully focused on their "Project Restart" as the PSL also investigates a safe way to resume, in conjunction with government guidelines and restrictions.

Speaking to the club's official website, Ramjee, who is just one of a team of doctors at Chiefs, spoke of the differences between European and the South African leagues. He also provided an update on the state of the players at the club.

Dr. Ramjee said: "Regarding the European leagues, there the situation is different to ours in SA. They have potentially passed their peaks of infections and their rates of local transmission of Covid-19 is reducing. They are also going into their summer months and thus moving out of their flu season."

He added: "As a General Practitioner, my work includes working closely with other doctors in the mental health field and providing support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our other Kaizer Chiefs doctors are also much more involved in the medical 'frontline' work.

"The players and technical staff all provide us with daily feedback regarding symptom screening via WhatsApp. We connect individually via telephone if there are any individual aspects that we need to manage.

"We have also been monitoring our players' psychological well-being during this challenging time.

"The medical team (including physios), sports science department, technical team and club management have been planning for various training scenarios for when we are permitted back to train at the Chiefs Village, including plans for post-lockdown.

"We have also been involved in advising the club regarding policies and protocols for everyone in the organisation."

-TEAMtalk media

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