Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy will use the two-week international break to get overweight midfielder Ayanda Patosi back into shape.
Patosi has gained a few kilograms and McCarthy‚ who faced challenges of his own with weight issues during the later stages of his successful career‚ said he knows the process that his star players must follow to get rid of the excess baggage.
“It is a process and we will take it bit by bit‚” said the all time Bafana Bafana leading goal scorer.
“It is not going to happen overnight‚ of all these people I should know better because I have been there.
"But now I don’t care if people criticise me for my belly because I am a coach and if you look at 90% of the coaches in the league they have big stomachs.
"So‚ I fit in like a glove," said the former Celta Vigo, FC Porto and Blackburn Rovers striker.
McCarthy went on to say that a physically conditioned Patosi will be a nightmare to defenders because there's no doubting his quality.
“His qualities are undoubted but it is going to be a tough road ahead for him‚" he said.
"You need a strong will and to make the sacrifices.
"But this break comes at the right time so that I can work on a few things and really hammer the boys into shape.
“I think he is a work in progress and he is making good strides.
"If together with the fitness trainers and medical team we manage to get him in the right shape‚ we are going to see one of the best South African players.”