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CAF competitions killing PSL teams

Written By Themba Khumalo on Sunday, April 13, 2014 | Sunday, April 13, 2014

The CAF Champions League and CAF Confederations Cup games always resulted in fatigue, complacency and inconsistency due to long travelling and exposure to different climatic conditions which drained players’ energy.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) calendar needs to be aligned with CAF calendar. Our PSL teams can’t survive congested fixture coupled with travelling to Europe or Asia for connecting flight to other African country for a game.

 It is unfair for South African team to play a PSL midweek game. Thereafter, travelling on Thursday to Africa through Dubai or France to connect to African country which means the team will arrive early in the Friday morning. Thereafter, drive to the Hotel from the Airport to rest and only have afternoon training and morning training before game.

The very same team will leave on Sunday to Dubai or France to connect back to South Africa and arrives here on Monday. The team will only have 1 day training before resuming PSL fixture on Wednesday without proper recuperating and training. This is chaos to our teams which is resulting in long term fatigue and form inconsistency.

Kaizer Chiefs is going to Ivory Coast soon to play ASEC Mimosas but they might connect to Ivory Coast through France. The long travelling has consequences on the players form.

Kaizer Chiefs will break up due to this African Voyage. Mamelodi Sundowns will wrap up the league whilst Chiefs still has more games in hand. Chiefs travelling to Africa will benefit Sundowns. Chiefs will be under intense pressure during the catch up games whilst fatigue and inconsistency would deliver the PSL championship trophy to Chloorkop in a silver platter.

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson have called for PSL calendar to be aligned with CAF calendar.

What's your view?

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