We need two weeks to prepare, say coaches

  • Football
  • Tuesday, 31 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: The M-League teams will need at least two weeks of training after the movement control order is lifted before they can actually restart the season.

Football Coaches Association of Malaysia (FCAM) president B. Sathianathan said the four weeks of no football training forces the teams to restart their campaign from scratch.

The former national coach also pointed out that M-League schedule is expected to be tighter once it resumes and it could potentially cause injuries to players.

“The players have been working out at their homes and they can only work on strength training or power training but I don’t think endurance training or ball touches training can be done at home, ” said Sathianathan.

“Some players have treadmills or exercise bicycle at home but a proper machine can be expensive and not all can afford it. It’s good to see players taking their initiative to keep themselves fit during the MCO but more hard work is needed when it comes to match fitness.”

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian Football League (MFL) have suspended all M-League and footballing activities until April 14.

“Teams may have to play six to eight matches in two weeks under the new schedule.

“Throw in the travelling time between matches and players might pick up injuries... players’ conditions need to handled carefully during this period.”

Sathinathan, who is also the Selangor coach in the Super League said the MCO did provide unexpected good news for his team as their injured players are expected to make their return when the M-League resumes.

The Red Giants winger Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor, who was nursing a knee injury, will be back in action.

“We have a good medical team and they really worked hard to keep track of the players recovery and well being. They have been monitoring Wan Zack’s condition and he also has been working on strengthening his knee muscles, ” said the 61-year-old coach.

“Wan Zack is in good shape now but obviously lacks match fitness.”

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