The Mamelodi Sundowns pre-season preparations are underway with the team recently completing a two-week training camp at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) where The Brazilians underwent a number of medical and physical assessments as well as tactical and technical training sessions.
Striker Kermit Erasmus reflected on the team’s return to the training ground and shared his excitement about the prospects that lie ahead: “It’s always good to be hungry as an individual, but not only for myself but also for the team as well as for us to win things and to contribute again. We want to try to build on last season and to try to add more to the cabinet in terms of silverware.”
“I’m excited and I can’t wait, it’s been a good start to pre-season and we are all looking forward to [the new season].”
Midfielder George Maluleka shared similar excitement after rejoining with his teammates following the off-season: “It’s always important to have a good pre-season so you set yourself the foundation and build from there to start the season. I love pre-season to be honest, I can’t single out any part [that I do not like]. It helps me build my stamina and ability to compete and help the team succeed in our goals.”
The Brazilians have recently added a number of new additions to strengthen the side that took the DStv Premiership by storm last season and ‘Mido’ says the team has welcomed the new signings with open arms: “The guys are great players and I’m excited for the season ahead. We have goals as Mamelodi Sundowns and with the new additions it gives us a better chance of being able to compete at the highest level.”
The 2020/21 schedule was one of the most intense periods for The Brazilians following the shortened pre-season period. With more time to relax and recharge this year, Erasmus spoke on the importance of taking time away from the game and spending time with his family:
“It’s important to take a break and recharge, sometimes the season takes a toll on you with all preparations and all the travelling week in week out. It’s always good to relax your mind from the game and spend time with your family. Some of us had a few niggling injuries to take care of so it was a good time for us to get that break and take care of those things that could help us play the season without it being halted for us.”
“I went to Holland to see my kids and spend time with them. We got to go to Disneyland and they showed me all the things they like to see. It was a great experience for me being able to see them after such a long time. I’m happy, my mind is refreshed, mentally I’m good and physically I’m working on trying to get back to that level again and trying to be better than I was last season, concluded Romeo.