While football is on hold throughout the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaica international Kemar Lawrence will be working to ensure he maintains his top form for when he makes his debut with topflight Belgian club RSC Anderlecht.
The 27-year-old defender, who joined the club in January after a transfer from Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit New York Red Bulls, was expecting to break into the team when COVID-19 put a halt to the Belgian Jupiler League's 2019-2020 season.
Sporting events worldwide have been either cancelled or postponed, and athletes forced to put formal training on hold as governments implement curfews and restrict movement in an effort to stem the spread of the deadly virus that has infected more than 1.4 million people, including almost 82,000 fatalities.
Jamaica international Kemar Lawrence
But the Belgium-based Lawrence, who is looking forward to his debut with Anderlecht, one of Europe's top clubs, said he has been able to keep training even at home.
'Football is easy to practice and I don't need a lot of space. Some days I go outside and find a park and run by myself, and I do my abs and core work at home. I also use the steps in my house to go up and down. For me, it has not been that difficult to get the work in,' said the key member of the Reggae Boyz.
Stressing that he did not intend to become complacent, he added: ''Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.' This quote is so true. So, yes, believe in your talent, but also believe that hard work is what is going to bring you success. And don't give up on your dream, follow it and pray about it and ask God to show you where he wants you to be. And finally, don't get impatient.
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