Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo has admitted that the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown has taken a toll on his mental and physical state.
The Wits shot-stopper said that being under lockdown during the pandemic has been a struggle but he is delighted that the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season will be completed as clubs are slowly returning to training after the government approved the PSL’s plan to resume football.
Wits are one of the first three clubs to return to training as the Joburg based club received clearance to commence full training, in accordance with Return to Training Directive.
“It’s been long and I believe we’ve never been out for so long without being on the field,” said Mhlongo.
Asked how he is feeling physically and mentally under lockdown, the former Orlando Pirates player said: “I’d be lying if I said I feel strong and ready although I know I’ve always had that strong character and the will power to keep soldiering on, no matter the circumstances.
“It hasn’t been that easy because as much as we’ve been busy with isolation training programmes it’s still not the same as being out on the field, doing what we love with the group.
“This is very new to everyone and we have to remain positive and keep it going and keep hoping that this shall pass so that we can get back to normal again, “added ‘The Clever Boys’ goal-minder.
“Isolation training programmes have helped however I believe that I can only get a better indication of my fitness condition once I get back on the field. We’ve never been without any footballing related training stuff for this long,” concluded Mhlongo.
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi