North Shore Mariners talented young gun Brian Jamba has remained positive in what has been a tough couple of weeks for the sport of football.
With the temporary suspension of football pushed to the 31st of May, Jamba has continued to go on with his day to day routines albeit with a twist.
“There’s no question that it’s been a very difficult time for not only the sports world, but all industries across the globe as well.
“Me personally, I am grateful that my family is well and keeping safe.
“The other positive I am thankful for is, I am also able to work from home (Account Manager at Proofpoint) which puts me in a better position than some of the others I feel for out there.
“It’s heartbreaking that some haven’t had the option of working from home at least.”
The Mariners under the watchful eye of Joe Haywood have put together a football program whereby Jamba and co have been following to a tee in keeping the players fit and well during this unfortunate break.
“Since the football lockdown I have been doing the football program that was set out by the club for all players.
“This consists of sprints, running, ball work and gym work.
“It’s important that we somehow keep the best possible shape because we don’t exactly know when we’ll be called back into action.
“I’m hoping very soon once it is safe to do so.”
Football is a way of life for Jamba as it is for many involved with the popular sport.
But it is what comes with our amazing game, the highs, the lows, the goals, the tackles, the tactics, the sportsmanship, the bonding of teammates and so much more that a footballer such as Jamba misses.
“I miss it all.
“Trainings, games, the boys the whole lot.
“Football is one of those games that you can’t go without for a certain period.
“That time is definitely overdue.”
“The fact that every single person in the world has somehow been affected by COVID-19 makes this a very serious matter.
“It is important for us all (NSW Football Community) to follow all the medical advice that is being given to help each other.
“It’s not a matter of one of us doing it, it must be all of us or else it doesn’t work.”