Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp pointed out a deterring factor of players training alone and going to gym outside of a structured team environment.
Chiefs are currently on a break following an impressive start to the 2019/20 season as they find themselves sitting at the summit of the Absa Premiership table after eight fixtures.
Amakhosi have tallied 19 points and are on course to win their first Q-Innovation since 2014, while Middendorp has repeatedly admitted some of his players are not yet at their best.
One in particular the German believes is a vital part to their cause is midfielder Kearyn Baccus, who joined at the start of the pre-season from Australian side Melbourne City.
However, according to Middendorp, the 28-year-old is still finding his feet after ending the previous season in April and having largely spent time in gym, which he explained is often not conducive for sufficient training to remain at the required level.
“Kearyn’s a player that is for us very, very important. Definitely at the moment, in particular coming from another continent and being a little bit longer out because they finished the season in Australia – if I’m not mistaken – in the beginning of April,” explained the coach.
“And you can say, ‘Okay, he trained in the gym’ but, you know, going to the gym is sometimes irritating – you look left and right and you look around, you see all the ladies and it’s not really that you’re always concentrated – you forget about your program sometimes.
“So, he basically had another four or five weeks [doing nothing]. He’s not in the same way in which we had the other guys, so these three games that he’s come through is fantastic and I didn’t expect more.”