SuperSport United trainer’s set players short fitness challenges which are shared with teammates to keep morale up during lockdown.
Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams revealed that the most competitive player is the skipper Dean Furman.
The SuperSport Challenge
When asked what the challenges entailed, Williams told the Sowetan: “Like doing the most push-ups in a minute‚ most burpees in a minute‚ things like that.
“We have to send in the evidence by video clip.
“Jesse Don (the 20-year-old signed from Ubuntu Cape Town last season who has had just one appearance for SuperSport) and (captain) Dean (Furman) are always up there,” says Williams.
Williams says he is missing dressing room banter and the buzz of being around his teammates during the lockdown which has forced the suspension of the Premier Soccer League.
“Definitely I miss it‚ I’ve been in there almost every day for years‚ spending time with the boys,” said the top stopper from the 2018/19 season.
“It’s been a challenge in these times, especially when you are very close to your teammates.
“So we do call each other from time to time, but it is not the same as the time we spend in the change room.
“It’s always nice having the guys around‚ having a laugh and a joke. We’ve always had the funny guys‚ the comics‚ in the team to lift our spirits.
“And when I’ve had personal problems‚ it’s also been nice to have the other guys to speak to.”
Missing the banter
Williams said that he and his teammates understood the gravity of the situation and are constantly reminded by club officials to stay at home.
“I think we all miss being around each other‚ but our CEO Stan Matthews has told us that for now‚ at this moment‚ the most important thing is everyone’s health and safety‚ and looking after our families.
“It’s difficult‚ it’s not something I’ve ever had to do before‚ but it tests your mental strength. That might be a good thing about it all.”
SuperSport let themselves down in February, slipping off the pace set by league leaders Kaizer Chiefs. They remain third on the log but are eight points adrift of Amakhosi who have two games in hand on Matsatsantsa.
Williams said the team would be ready to finish the season strongly and hoped for the best from the campaign.
“We know we’ve messed up but there is a slight chance you know‚ and that slight chance we have we’ll do our best to use to try to collect maximum points.
“That’s all we can do really‚ because our fate is in someone else’s hands now.
“That’s not how we would want it.
“We know we let ourselves down in February when we lost two games to (Lamontville Golden) Arrows and Stellenbosch.
“But there is no need to cry over that now‚” Williams added.