Only champions Orlando Pirates are not yet sure of their return date after the holidays. Spokesman Mickey Modisane said: “We have all these functions this week and we did not want to tell the players before Friday.”
Newcomers AmaTuks are back earliest, on June 11, after an effective break of only three weeks since their last National First Division game. Coach Steve Barker explained that he wanted to use the first two-week period to look at new talent as his club are sure to take a bevy of out-of-contract players on trial as they seek additional talent to strengthen their side for their debut season in the PSL.
Lamontville Golden Arrows go back on June 17 with coach Muhsin Ertugral wanting eight weeks of preparations. Other coaches feel they need only six.
Black Leopards, who travel to Sudan at the end of next month for the first leg of their African Confederation Cup fourth-round tie against El Merreikh of Sudan, return on June 18.
“We have our players on a programme now so that they don’t return flat,” said the club’s director of marketing Tshifhiwa Thidiela.
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