The National First Division (NFD) soccer league is upon the region’s football enthusiasts and the local heroes, Mbombela United FC are determined to make of the 2016-2017 season, a huge success.
This week team management of Mbombela United FC signed an agreement with LowMed Health and Sport Centre in Nelspruit to embark on a high performance programme for the season. Head coach Vusi Mkhatswa said that they strive to be in the Premier League at the end of May 2017.
Mkhatswa said the LowMed-team of biokineticists and doctors assisted them to qualify for to the NFD at the end of the 2014-2015 soccer season. The success of the team came through a process of professional injury management and high performance testing. “And we want to continue this winning recipe. And because we have almost 30 matches for the season, it’s very important for us to field the best team in every match up to the end,” he said.
This year the coaching team, in conjunction with LowMed will focus on pre-season conditioning, continuous high performance testing, which includes speed, agility, power, endurance and flexibility, body composition, plyometric to injury rehabilitation and treatment.
“We are very excited on our new venture with another local professional sports team,” Harry Wiltshire, biokineticist and director of LowMed commented. “We have seen the success with the other professional sportsmen we deal with on a daily basis in the likes of the Steval Pumas, cyclists Nico Bell and Gawie Combrink, to name a few. As sport specialists we are committed to take Mbombela United FC to the next level of competiveness,” Wiltshire concluded.
The team started with their body and risk assessment this week where after they will focus on the rehabilitation and strengthening of the players. The NFD season kicks off on August 27 with an away clash for Mbombela United in Cape Town against Santos FC.