Themba Mnguni feels for Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns players during lockdown

Check out a few classic pics of Mnguni to the righ
Check out a few classic pics of Mnguni to the right...

Mamelodi Sundowns legend Themba Mnguni has empathy for today's players who might be struggling mentally to deal with current football suspension.

The government's 35-day lockdown in South Africa has forced players to train alone at home by following training regimens given to them by their clubs.

The difficulties of training in such small spaces and without professional trainers to guide and discipline them has been made known.

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Aside from that, some players had been close to winning their first ever trophy at teams like Kaizer Chiefs, who were leading the title race before the Absa Premiership was suspended in mid-March.

This is not forgetting players at Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Baroka and Blomefontein Celtic who are still in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.

Mnguni believes players might be struggling mentally to deal with current situation.

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"It must be frustrating for players, it's hard to train alone and I don't think people understand that," Mnguni tells

"It's not the same training alone compared to being with your teammates and the fact that they don't know how long this will last.

"Mentally they will need help to recover because some were so close to winning something, and if it ends up the season is cancelled it will be even harder."

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Before the games were stopped the league title race and relegation zone battle were starting to heat up and Mnguni says it would not be fair to not end the season now.

"I think the league must be concluded," he adds. "It won't be fair to players and teams obviously and also there are only a few matches left."

Bafana Bafana team doctor Thulani Ngwenya has also explained that players will need time to get back to match-fitness and will not be able to compete at full capacity upon a restart, thus increasing the risk of injuries.

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