PETALING JAYA: During the three-month movement control order (MCO), the Sabah players were continuously pushed to look for innovative ideas in training and also to discuss tactics with the coaching staff.
Now, the time has come to put all that talking to good use.
Former Marseille player Guy Gnabouyou said coach Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto had always been pushing players to find solutions to keep working during the lockdown.
With teams from the Super and Premier League allowed to train from Monday, albeit with stringent standard operating procedures (SOP), the French-Ivorian is looking forward to sharing his thoughts with teammates and coaching staff on the field.
“The coach was always pushing us to reinvent ourselves. That was his way of knowing what we are doing during the lockdown period, and I believe it is only going to help us in the future, ” said the 30-year-old.
“Life is not all about Plan A, but there are the Bs, Cs and Ds, which can bring us forward.
“Training will ensure that we are ready physically and mentally for the crazy period in September, when we will have to play seven matches in a month.
“We are okay with that. We have a bunch of fighters in the team. Sometimes, you do not need to solely rely on quality. If you work hard and fight to the end, the results will come.”
For Gnabouyou, three months without football was pretty difficult because he had come in excited to experience a new life in Sabah, his first club in Asia after 13 years playing in Europe.
“We have been waiting to return to the pitch, so the announcement from the government is such great news. Imagine you come to a new country, and you have to stay indoors most of the time. It can be frustrating.
“When the MCO was relaxed, it was nice to see some faces outside, and we had space to do our workouts too.
“Now, it’s time for real workouts and my aim for Sabah has not changed.
“I want to score more goals and push the team to a better placing in the league.”
Sabah are currently fourth in the league with five points.
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