Local News 29.7.2016 02:35 pm

Wits to sweat it out in the winelands

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt. Photo: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Gavin Hunt and his Bidvest Wits team will be on a pre-season camp more than 1 300km away from home in Stellenbosch, Western Cape and play friendlies.

The Wits mentor believes taking the team away from home will help the players to gel and create team spirit.

“It is always good to go away before the season starts – it helps the players gel together and creates team spirit. With fewer distractions away from home, in an intensified environment with training happening 3 times a day, we are able to work on a few patterns of play, and to get the shape of the team right. I have been doing away pre-season trips for years, and it always has great advantages for the team, therefore, it is something we will continue to do. There are opposition teams for us to play against in the Western Cape which is also important for us,” Hunt told the club’s website.

“By playing matches in the pre-season it helps the team and technical staff to get combinations right and gain match fitness. You can train all day in the gym and be doing drills, and your team will still not have match fitness and I think that plays a vital role in the season.”

Hunt revealed that it will take some time for the likes Mogakolodi Ngele and Cuthbert Malajila to understand how things were done at the club after recently joining the Clever Boys from Mamelodi Sundowns.

“There are a few players that have just come in and it will take some time for them to settle into the way that we train and operate at Bidvest Wits. It is challenging to sign players who have not had a lot of game time, but the plus side is that they have the ability. Once we have developed a hunger within the players we will take it from there.”

Cape Town City are one of the teams expected to play against Wits, as well as Ajax Cape Town, Milano United and FC Cape Town.

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# Team GP Pts
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2 Orlando Pirates 4 8
3 Cape Town City 5 8
4 Polokwane City 5 8
5 Bidvest Wits 3 7
6 Kaizer Chiefs 4 7
7 Platinum Stars 4 5
8 SuperSport United 4 5
9 Chippa United 2 4
10 Highlands Park 4 4
11 Baroka FC 4 4
12 Maritzburg Utd 5 4
13 Ajax Cape Town 4 2
14 Free State Stars 4 2
15 Sundowns 1 1
16 Bloem Celtic 3 1