13 June 2023 – Since Bafana Bafana made the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria their home base this week, it has been easy for team doctor Tshepo Molobi to manoeuvre his way around.
When he is not on national duty, Tuks is his stomping ground as he serves on the varsity side as their team doctor.
Like a surgeon in theatre, Molobi knows the landscape like the back of his hand. “It is easier, I won’t lie because of my link here already. I know where to access so much and understand what the HPC has to offer, and their facilities are top class.”
The team underwent stringent tests on arrival, offering deeper insight into player strengths and weaknesses. “The testing was extremely thorough, it pin-points the players’ strength and weakness, and we as a medical team are able to assist the players with improving their game, building on strengths as well as weaknesses. The insight is useful for everyone, for the players, as well, getting to know their athletic ability.”
While the medical room was empty, Molobi was quick to caution that this is not a true indication of state of fitness. “The room might be empty now but the nature of the athletic body could mean that after training it’s busy – it is really hard to say and I caution saying that.”
What the doctor can confirm, however, is that no player is carrying any serious injuries at the moment and that everyone is excited for the Moroccan clash on Saturday.