Erasmus highlights importance of a hiatus from football

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Mamelodi Sundowns striker Kermit Erasmus has underlined the significance of taking time away from the beautiful game and spending time with family.

The ‘Brazilians’ pre-season preparations are underway at the University of Pretoria (TUKS) where the Tshwane giants have gone through a number of medical and physical assessments as well as tactical and technical training sessions.

“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,” said Erasmus.

“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.”

The striker also reflected on Sundowns’ return to the training ground and shared his excitement about the prospects that lie ahead.

“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,” added the man known as “Romeo”.

“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].”

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By Tokelo Mokhesi