EX-Warriors lanky forward Musa Mguni has questioned the kind of physical training that Highlanders recently embarked on in the outskirts of the city saying it was archaic.
In a video that was posted on Highlanders’ official social media platforms, reigning Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Goalkeeper of the Year Ariel Sibanda is seen leading sweat soaked players at a steep ascent of rocky Matopo Hills.
Reacting to the video posts, Mguni, who once had playing stints in Cyprus and Russia said: “Does this kind of a training workout still exist? That’s old school and exposes players to easy injuries.”
According to scientific research, hard surfaces invariably lead to bone and joint injuries that occur surreptitiously — over time. By the time they are diagnosed, treatment is reportedly difficult or the damage is irreparable.
Bosso recently hired Brian Keti as their fitness trainer and were supposed to hold the first leg of their pre-season training camp in Matopo last week and shift base to the Lowveld this week, but those plans were shelved following a brief standoff between Bosso players and the executive.
The team headed back to Matabeleland South on Monday. Seventeen players deserted camp on Tuesday evening last week demanding that the club pays them outstanding allowances from the 2018 season.
Before the players went on strike last week, Bosso had planned to have the squad go through vigorous physical training in Matopo and then move to train in the scotching heat of Lowveld.
Players in camp include goalkeeper Sibanda, central defenders Peter Muduhwa, Tendai Ndlovu and Charlton Siamalonga, right-back McClive Phiri, left-back Mbongeni Ndlovu, defender Bukhosi Ncube, Vincent Moyo and national Under-20 captain Andrew Mbeba.
Midfielders Denzel Khumalo, Ray Lunga, Brian Banda, Godfrey Makaruse, Tinashe Makanda, Ben Musaka and Munyaradzi Chitambwe are also going through the paces at the camp. It was not clear whether defensive midfielder Adrian Silla, who refused to travel last week, joined the rest of the squad.
New signings, goalkeeper Alfred Chiname and Wellington Muuya, midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku, winger Cleopas Kapupurika, utility player Mbekezeli Sibanda, striker Russell Chifura and club returnee Prince Dube complete the training camp.
There are also some players from the development side Bosso 90 who are in camp with the senior players.
Bosso chairman Kenneth Mhlophe reckons that the pre-season camp is more than important.
“This is a critical part of our preparations for the new season. As we prepare a new team we must remember the adage which says; If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” said Mhlophe.