Celtic keep players on their toes

BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic head coach Owen da Gama has revealed that a special programme has been designed to keep all the players fit during the off-season break.

BLOEMFONTEIN Celtic head coach Owen da Gama has revealed that a special programme has been designed to keep all the players fit during the off-season break.

The ambitious former Platinum Stars mentor said: "We made an assessment of each and every player before drafting the programme. The programme will not only focus on fitness but also on improving their physical and mental strength.

"The idea was prompted by a need to ensure we improve as a team because there is room for improvement. The programme is part of our long-term plan to become a team competing for honours."

He said they have sought input from psychologists and physiotherapists at the University of Free State.

Da Gama said the players will officially go into recess from May 15. He expects all of them back in camp on June 22.

He said that while he will be watching the 2010 Fifa World Cup, he will also be searching for talented players to reinforce the team for the new season.

"We are definitely looking at signing four players to bolster the team. The players we are targeting include a natural left-back, midfield anchor and goal poachers.

"New recruits will replace the likes of Tlou Segolela, who is destined to return to Orlando Pirates, and Sandile Ndlovu, whose contract is unlikely to be renewed."

Da Gama said Segolela's departure will be a major blow to the club.

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