Celtic Coach hopes his players will avoid injuries during Nedbank Cup semi-final

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Bloemfontein Celtic Coach, John Maduka, is hoping that he has prepared his players well to avoid early injuries in their Nedbank Cup semi-final fixture against Baroka FC at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Football in the country will resume this weekend after a four months absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The league also adopted five substitutions that can be used by each team for the remainder of the season.

Maduka welcomed the league’s decision following the long lay-off. “Remember also that the game pushes you, you go and play against Baroka, and you can only be in charge when you are in possession of the ball. If Baroka is playing quickly, you try and adapt. You make sure you compete and that’s the time you get injuries and all those things. But in our preparation, we tried to make sure we prepare them as much as we know there will be injuries but there mustn’t be too many of them.”

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa last week approved the PSL’s plans and safety regulations which include testing as well as training and playing in a safe, sanitised environment.

The announcement came amidst a number of players and officials at Absa Premiership clubs having tested positive for COVID-19.

Two players from Kaizer Chiefs who were among those tested positive two weeks ago and three officials at Stellenbosch FC have also tested positive for the virus.