Football in New Zealand is slowly picking up speed again; after the ISPS Handa Premiership had to be ended three rounds earlier than planned due to the COVID 19 pandemics, the coming winter season in the country seems to be about to start.
The Hamilton Wanderers, the club of Papua New Guinea international Tommy Semmy, returned to training, but with a completely different style than before: “Yesterday was the first day of training. It was so great seeing my team mates and officials. It was new and fun: we are training in separate groups of nine“, said Semmy to Oceania Football Center.
“To be honest I did training a lot during the isolation. I was given strength and condition training by Wanderers coach Mauro Martins“, stated Semmy. The striker said it was good for him to have a break after so many efforts during the season: “I needeed a break since I am playing continuously, so it was great to have that break, but itsi been boring after 2 weeks“.
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Semmy is unsure about how the game will be like after COVID-19, but we can certainly say he is eager to be back to the pitch and show what he is capable of: “All what I want is the season to get started. I can see boys are getting ready to training and play. I know we will have some different things when we are back, like no supporters in the stands, but I just can not wait to be back“, mentions Semmy. “I also would like thank family Cox for the good isolation period and the CJW Building Construction for the opportunity to work with them during this break“, added the Papua New Guinean.
Tommy is currently one of Papua New Guinea’s most celebrated players, finishing second in the Kapuls’ famous campaign for the 2016 edition of the OFC Nations Cup. The attacker also represented the national powerhouse Hekari United for several years before switching to the New Zealand football system.