Soccerladuma-logo Profile_icon

Doc: Proper Pre-Season Planning Could Lead To Silverware


by Akholiwe Nywebeni

Aug 02, 2019 02:33 PM

Tags: SportPesa Doctor Khumalo

SportPesa Clubhouse column ambassador, Doctor Khumalo talks about the importance of pre-season and how the right preparation could lead to success at the end of the season. 

Check out Doc Khumalo’s SportPesa betting tips for this week

"Now, when we talk about planning for the season, what most of the teams are doing is to assemble the players, put some players on transfer or loan them out. You bring in the players that will form part of the future and all of this is done before the pre-season. That way the pre-season is used to introduce the players into the club and the coach’s philosophy, so that everyone starts the season on the same page.

"Obviously, while this exercise helps, not everyone will adapt to the new environment immediately, for a number of different reasons, but it is advisable to use the first week of pre-season to play a team that is lower standard than you. That’s when you start playing friendlies against ‘smaller’ teams for the players to adjust to your philosophy, without much attention on winning or pushing them. That’s why you see teams playing tournaments in the last week of the pre-season because they have now reached the competitive level of their pre-season, which takes them a step closer to the league opener.

To read Doc's previous column: 'Pre-Season Training Is Only The Half Of It…' - Click here

That’s why you find Mamelodi Sundowns playing in Botswana and Zambia, the KZN teams playing a tournament and the Soweto Derby Carling Black Label Cup. There’s no way these games could have been played in the first week of pre-season. Remember, the league games are all about three points and that’s why pre-season is so important. It is the only time you can experiment with combinations as a coach and work on physical, mental, social and nutritional components of the team, which are some of the factors that influence the performance.

I hope this helps our readers and supporters understand the importance of periodization and pre-season.

Get off the bench and score. Click here to register

Reads: 1852
Comments: 2

You must be signed in to comment.

Click here to sign in!

Aug 02, 2019 04:54 PM

doctor you are now irrelevant

Report | Reply

Mr Vee 1203
Aug 02, 2019 02:58 PM

I like the word "could", you can have a proper plan, but if your players don't want to play for the coach... Khohlwa.

Report | Reply

More Comments
Comment Kings
1 Malule12bn
Pts: 84
2 Ofentse Kakapa Mahatlhe
Pts: 38
3 @ThizaK
Pts: 18
4 mbongenikula1
Pts: 14
5 Mr Smooth 2
Pts: 8
6 dlaminincamiso9
Pts: 6
7 mmaxongo
Pts: 4
8 tshavhuyo humbulani
Pts: 2
9 Ben_Stokes_101
Pts: 2
Nedbank Cup League
World Cup 2018
Fan Park
SL Radio
Soccer 6 Zone
Capitec Corner
SportPesa Clubhouse
SA Players Abroad
Messi / Ronaldo / Neymar Watch
Match Centre
Supporters Club
TV Guide
MTN8 Predictor
PSL Predictor
EPL Predictor
La Liga Predictor
Champions League Predictor
Player Of The Season
Express Yourself
Get Published
Skills School
Story Behind Siya
Hot Off The Press
Editor's Blog
Varsity Football

Copyright © Soccer Laduma, 2014.
All rights reserved.

Best of the Mobile Web
News | Sport | Weather | Celebs | Entertainment | Magazines | Free Downloads | Free Music | More