Town – Proteas coach Ottis Gibson wanted
to teach his players a valuable lesson on their recent hike to the summit of
With South Africa’s World Cup
campaign getting underway on May 30 in the tournament opener against hosts
England at The Oval, Gibson and the entire playing squad did the hike last
The coach likened the hike up the
mountain to what he expected from South Africa’s World Cup charge, encouraging
them to not caught looking too far ahead.
“I can see some of us are
looking up there and we can see the top already and we’re reaching,”
Gibson is filmed saying during the hike.
“As soon as we’re reaching,
we start to get out of our bubble and maybe a mistake slips in somewhere.
“We still have to stay
focused and connected from the start all the way through.”
Once they had reached the summit,
Gibson had more inspirational words for his charges.
“This to me signifies what
the journey is all about,” he said.
“The World Cup is going to
be the same. All in all, the effort that you guys have put in now that has led
me to believe for a long time that we’re on the verge of doing something very