Bafana showing sign of improvement in Brazil

2010-03-24 10:47

Bafana Bafana seem to get their rhythm back after two weeks in


During their training at state-of-the-art Traffic Football Academy

outside Sao Paulo, players showed signs of improvement from the first two weeks


They have been undergoing gruesome training programme under the

supervision of no-nonsense physical trainer Francesco Gonzalez and after

complaining during initial stages of the camp, they seem to be enjoying it


“It was hard at first but now our level of fitness has improved,”

said Daylon Claasen of Ajax Amsterdam.

The 20-year-old Claasen described his call-up to the senior

national team as a giant leap forward and said he was enjoying every moment of


“Obviously the competition is hard here because only the best

players are here, but just rubbing shoulders with them has made me at home and I

am enjoying myself. Our common goal is to do well in the World Cup and we are

here to work hard,” said Claasen.

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Siboniso Gaxa said the training camp has

helped him improve on his weaknesses.

He said after the camp he would have no excuses not to master

crosses, which have been a let-down and of a serious concern to him.

“I am excited to be here and to learn new things in football. The

facilities here are awesome and we are going to learn a lot. I am happy with

progress we have made so far and we can only improve going forward,” said


He said they needed to take one step at a time and ensure they do

not leave anything behind.

“We have started well by not conceding in our last six games and we

can only build from that and move forward by creating and scoring our


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