June 06, 2021
Former national coach Gurjit Singh says players should not lose their focus during this pandemic and should take ownership of their health and well-being.
Singh who currently resides in the United States of America said players do not need training fields and can simply use their backyard to work on their fitness skills.
“Players can do their own training at home. They can go for endurance training (long distance running ) if they are allowed at their own time They can do lot of strength exercises specially for lower body.”
“They can also do some agility and speed training. If they do all these, definitely it will help them a lot when football starts again.”
He said it is the dedication and commitment of players at this time that matters the most.
“Players have to stay dedicated as once they are physically fit, it makes coaches job much easier.”
“Players can watch international games and see as a player in which position he plays what he does on field. Look at his moves, his work rate, his position on field, what area he covers on field etc.”
“And coaches can watch the performance of each player if they have copies of the games they played and see weakness and map out how to improve it.”
“Players must be told what mistakes they did and how to improve.”
Singh said coached should never be scared and be bold enough to tell the players about their weaknesses and areas where they need to improve.
“By now coaches must have a well-planned strategic plan for the team. By now they must know other teams and how they play, as well as their strengths n weakness.”
In terms of watching their diet in this pandemic, Singh said while it may be difficult for some players to get a lot of nutritious meals, Fiji is blessed with a lot of tropical fruits which players should consume a lot together with water so they are well nourished and hydrated.
By Reginald Chandar