Register Login Live

What Does It Mean To Have Mental Strength As A Footballer?

We continue to choose the best writers in Get Published, and give them a little football examination to answer. This week, we chose TebzZA, who has had some really thought-provoking things to say. Today's question is: What does it mean to have mental strength as a player?
 
"This is a great question... Mental toughness is when your body doesn't want to continue but you mind keeps going," he said.
 
"It is when they say you cannot do it and you still keep going. It is an internal thing that every individual should access within themselves.  
 
"Playing soccer has to mean more than just a job or a sport. When the going gets tough, we fire a coach because we cannot endure the tough times. We have to get the players to believe in themselves.  
 
"Our soccer culture as supporters is also counter-productive. We cheer when we win and criticise when we lose. Shouldn't we cheer when the team is trailing, to push them?
 
"I believe that could be the reason Pirates and Bafana Bafana perform better away from home. Pirates have developed that mental strength although they are trailing when compared to other African teams like Al Ahly.
 
"Ayanda Gcaba is not the most talented player but due to hard work and mental toughness, he is a regular. Andile Jali, Benni McCarthy, Thabo Matlaba, Jerry Sikhosana and Lucas Radebe are some of the players who have showed incredible mental strength."

nextarticle

Bishop: We're Only Focusing On The Next Match

7 comments

Top 5

Bucs Youngsters Get Revenge In Soweto Derby

165 Nov 16, 2019 05:54 PM in MultiChoice Diski Challenge

10 Players Who Left Real Madrid Because Of Ronaldo

8 Nov 17, 2019 07:18 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Two Buccaneers On Suspension Tightrope

45 Nov 12, 2019 08:06 AM in Orlando Pirates

Ronaldo Facing Two-Year Ban?

71 Nov 12, 2019 07:39 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Watch: Onyango's Howler As Sundowns' Struggles Continue

27 Nov 11, 2019 04:33 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players Who Left Real Madrid Because Of Ronaldo

8 Nov 17, 2019 07:18 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

The Only Player Messi Asked To Swap Shirts With

8 Nov 17, 2019 02:34 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Ofori Leads List Of 6 Potential Chiefs Targets?

63 Nov 15, 2019 06:15 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Breaking: PSL Issues Harsh Sanction On Makola

217 Nov 15, 2019 12:16 PM in PSL

Starting XI: Ghana v Bafana

117 Nov 14, 2019 06:24 PM in Bafana

Middendorp: The Trophy Belongs To Sundowns

88 Nov 12, 2019 09:16 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

27 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Inside Bafana Camp As They Prepare For Ghana

16 Nov 11, 2019 09:17 PM in Bafana

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

20 Sep 15, 2019 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Heartwarming Scenes As Mothiba Gives Fan Special Gift

5 Nov 12, 2019 10:00 AM in Players Abroad