May 20, 2021
Labasa coach Ravneel Pratap is worried that lack of fitness within the player ranks could be a downfall when the Digicel Premier League resumes.
“I think this pandemic is already causing a lot of issues and players' fitness level might drop because when we meet and train at a whole different level training.
Whereas when players are training personally at home then that’s something else.” he said.
“Well, we have taken a lot of things into consideration but it’s understandable that players also have work and family which they need to have time for.
Sometimes we come to say that players need to be fit but what’s more important is how much they train and the quality is shown when we get on the field.”
“Personal training is just what the players do on their own and training as a team is where we can see each other’s strengths and areas that we lack.
At times like this we depend on players to continue with their training at home and focus on the next match.”
He also mentioned that demanding players to eat a proper diet cannot be an option as many are affected by the pandemic.
“We can’t be asking and demanding the players to eat the right diet because we have to keep in mind that everyone is facing difficulties right now.
It’s not easy to ask them to follow a specific diet plan and we can’t force the players to eat things that are not available.” Pratap said.
“For now we have requested the players to keep doing their personal training and we are tracking them through video footage.
Again things are not easy but we have to somehow adjust with the situation now and do personal training at home.” he said.
By Romeka Romena