The Kaizer Chiefs trio of Tefu Mashamaite, Hendrick Ekstein and Tsepo Masilela say that the team bonded particularly well during their training camp in Cape Town.
During the current mid-term break, there have been several distractions at the club. There has been some dramatic transfer activity and speculation and several key members of the squad have been away on national duty.
The camp provided the ideal opportunity for the squad to settle and re-align the focus after what has actually been a rather tumultuous period for Amakhosi.
“It gave us an opportunity to bond as a Team,” said Mashamaite after the camp.
“We had an opportunity to refresh the aims and objectives we set out for the season. The camp also gave us a chance to gather our thoughts after a protracted mid-season break. We will see on the pitch of play how we respond to the break. We are ready, and we have to be ready.”
Ekstein only joined the club ahead of the current campaign and has yet to feature in Baxter’s plans. However, this camp has afforded him the opportunity to find his feet at an established club, with the view to winning over the favour of the technical team.
“The camp was what ‘The Doctor Ordered’ in my case because I was able to interact with our senior players; they gave me some survival tips as a professional player for a top team,” said Ekstein.
Masilela is an old hat in this team and played a tremendous amount of football during the first half of the season. The break gave him an opportunity to recharge his batteries and the camp proved to be an important litmus test for him.
“We are revitalised. We got back our sense of working hard. We prepared well. It was good as a Team to spend time together after the break,” said Masilela.