Monalisa John, Sports Reporter
ZPC KARIBA head coach, Godfrey Tamirepi, says he is excited at the news of the return of football with his immediate task being to assess the level of fitness of his players.
The Sports and Recreation Commission announced football and other sporting disciplines classified as medium and high-risk can resume.
Tamirepi said his club needed time to prepare the level of fitness of his players for the season opening.
“Football is like life to me. Without football, my life is incomplete, so I’m really excited with the resumption of football after we missed it the whole of 2020 season,” Tamirepi told H-Metro yesterday.
“During the Covid-19 period, we gave our players individual training programmes of which when we resume we will conduct tests to evaluate the level of fitness.”
Tamirepi bemoaned the inactivity of the soccer league saying it impacted on the players’ and coaching staff welfare.
“It was a prolonged inactivity period resulting in a reversal of training & competition gains, so in order for us to be ready for competition after such a long lay-off we need adequate time to prepare,”
Tamirepi said. He said his club would sign new players, but would retain most of his players.
“I retained the bulk of the players I had signed for the 2020 season and this week I will be finalising the few additions joining the team,” Tamirepi said.