CUT Coach Keeps His Players Grounded
CUT Coach Rakometsi Mosai Keeps His Players Grounded
Central University of Technology coach, Rakometsi Mosai, believes his greatest challenge is to keep his players grounded due to the vast exposure Varsity Football receives.
CUT is one of the best-supported teams in Varsity Football, in addition to matches being televised on SuperSport, while coverage on social media, in particular, is also often greater than that of Premier Soccer League teams.
These platforms have transformed university students into “football stars” on campuses around the country.
“It is something we talk about a lot in the team. The guys are obviously young and can easily be caught up in these things. We talk a lot about not getting distracted. That’s why often we’ll win a game and then lose a game, because we have to keep talking to these boys about staying focused,” Mosai said.
The CUT team certainly listened to Mosai’s sound advice ahead of their clash with the University of Fort Hare last week. UFH have been the whipping boys of Varsity Football 2017 season, with the Eastern Cape side yet to win a single match, but CUT did not allow any complacency to creep into their game by completing a 3-0 victory.
“We knew it was going to be tough,” Motsai said. “When you play a team that has lost every week, they have nothing to lose, and they throw everything at you. They are desperate to win and we were prepared for that.”
CUT is now one of the favourites to reach the play-offs with the Bloemfontein side in second place on the log with 12 points. They are the only team, alongside table-toppers Tshwane University of Technology, who have four victories in the competition thus far.
Motsai’s side does, though, face a tough final league fixture against the strong Tuks side, who have been out of action recently due to the World Student Games.
“It’s not over yet. There is still a lot that can happen and we know what a quality side Tuks are. We will be giving it our best,” he said.