Bidvest Wits departed for their preseason camp on Thursday, 12th July 2018 for a week of intense workouts which consisted of friendly matches, running, boxing, training on the pitch and of course some very necessary ice baths.
Coach Gavin Hunt likes to mix up the training sessions so that the players can become fit in all aspects and not just football.
We caught up with some players to find out what their thoughts are on the PreSeason.
Question: How was the preseason camp?
Haashim Domingo “Its been really interesting, its a new team, lots of hard work but I am looking forward to the new season.”
Edwin Gyimah “Preseason has been good, we have been working hard and we are looking forward to the start of the league.”
Mxolisi Macuphu “It has been good, we have been putting in the work. When you are in a set up like Bidvest Wits you always strive to do well.”
Gabadinho Mhango ” Preseason was tough, but we enjoyed it and it was nice working with the new players who joined us this season.”
Lehlohonolo Majoro “I must say preseason has been fantastic, the boys have been working hard and everyone is looking good and in shape.”
Question: What was the toughest part of preseason camp?
Haashim Domingo “Coming back from holiday your fitness levels aren’t what they should be, the toughest moments for me was the number of times we trained and we did a lot of running.
Edwin Gyimah “The worst part is always waking up and training three times a day. We don’t really get enough rest and each training session is very intense.”
Mxolisi Macuphu “The worst part is always the running part you know, preseason is never easy it’s not your normal training session and it has been hectic.”
Gabadinho Mhango “The only tough part for me was when we lost against Cape Town City in the friendly match.”
Lehlohonolo Majoro “We all know that preseason means lots of work and hard work, I must say the first week of preseason was the toughest after the holidays. I must say I think we are all fit and ready to start the season.”
Question: Preseason at Bidvest Wits how does it differ from other clubs?
Haashim Domingo “Its been very physical, lots of running where I was it was more focused on fitness with the ball.”
Edwin Gyimah “It has been two years now where I haven’t had a proper preseason because I have been away on international duty. This camp has definitely shaken up the players and got them fit, it’s been tough but I have enjoyed it a lot.”
Mxolisi Macuphu “Like I said Bidvest Wits is an institution, I have got to experience something new and different and it has been great.”
Gabadinho Mhango “When new players join the time it adds extra pressure on players that have been around and that makes it exciting for everyone.”
Lehlohonolo Majoro ” Here at Bidvest there is a lot of work hey, its a short period of time but its high intensity.”
Bidvest Wits kick off the season this Saturday against Free State Stars at the Bidvest Stadium. Kick off is set for 18H00 and tickets will be on sale at the ticket kiosk at Gate B.