WORK AS USUAL SAYS SHANDU
1 September 2020
Bandile Shandu has reflected on life in the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) bio bubble nearly three weeks after entering it.
All 32 of South Africa's professional clubs have entered the biologically safe zone in Gauteng, where they are playing out the conclusion of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership season.
This after Covid-19 brought an abrupt halt to proceedings back in March when the entire world came to a standstill due to the novel virus.
“The life inside the bubble has been different but I think all the guys have adjusted to it well," Shandu said.
"It is a little different, a lot of things have changed but everyone knows that it’s something that needs to be done.
“All the guys have been pushing hard in training, we have a small squad, and everyone is willing to put in the extra yards and extra work in training. The fixtures are tight, but our physios and medical staff have been excellent in helping us be a 100 percent for so many games in a short space of time.”
Shandu kept his place in the starting XI after impressing in his first start in the bubble - the game before against Bidvest Wits - and registered an assist in the match that followed versus Highlands Park when he set up right back, Pogiso Sanoka, for their only goal.
With no fans allowed in the bubble, there was no one to cheer and it is something Shandu and his teammates miss dearly.
He continued: “We miss the fans, it’s a bit abnormal to be at the stadium on matchday and see that there is no fans because when we play at Harry Gwala our fans play a huge role, they give us that extra push and help us grind results so we really miss them and hope that we will be able to play in front of them again soon.”
The academy graduate and his team have two games left to conclude what will be deemed a highly successful campaign after that point against the Lions of the North on Saturday afternoon guaranteed a top eight finish, a stark contrast to the relegation scrap they found themselves in last season.
A top four finish remains on the cards if they can claim favourable results in their final two fixtures against Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
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