REFLECTING ON THE SA TRIP
We just returned from South Africa (Johannesburg and Pretoria) where we went for our preparations for the second round of the league and the African Champions League.
We had friendly games against Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport united which we unfortunately lost.
We left for Johannesburg on Monday 28th in the evening and drove overnight. We arrived on Tuesday morning at 6:10 am.
We checked in straight into our hotel and had a little rest before we had our breakfast at 8 am.
After breakfast we headed straight to the Kaizer Chiefs village popularly known as Naturena which is a five minutes drive from our hotel in Southgate.
I must mention that it is such a beautiful for atmosphere within Naturena. Professionalism there is something you can touch and feel.
We were welcomed by Chiefs assistant coah Doctor Khumalo and after a few handshakes our coach got straight into team talk; we went out for our warm-up and the referees started the game.
I must truly say that we gave them a good run for their money despite losing the game at the end of the day.
Even their coach in the clubs website was qouted saying he didn’t expect us to give them such a tough time and that he was really impressed by our approach to the match.
After the game we were invited for lunch at the club’s restaurant where we had a chance to mingle with the players.
It was such a wonderful feeling; we made friends and later left for our hotel room for the much needed rest.
I must mention the most intriguing thing we saw was the parking lot. It was like being in a car showroom.
You name any car model and you will find it at Kaizer Chiefs. Be it Mercede Benz AMG, Bmw M3, BMW X5, A udi Rs3 etc.
It was so impressive to see and a very was a good experience for the boys.
Wednesday was another business in the office for us as we headed for Pretoria and locked horns with Supersport United.
Just as we did against Kaizer Chiefs we were on top of our game and gave them a torrid time but lost the game.
It was however a great experience and good preparation for us. The results are not much of a concern but how we prepare to sharpen ourselves for the main competitions.
I must take this opportunity and sincerely thank Tshepo Riba, the Managing Director of THR Bathathu Sports and Fifa agent, for organasing such a wonderful and important trip for us.
If it wasn’t for him it couldn’t have been possible. He took care of everything including booking the hotel for us, organising the two games and every little detail of the trip. Great man; siyabonga baba.