Shaun Bartlett Could Be Key To Tuks’ Varsity Football Success
Key To Tuks’ Varsity Football Success Could Be Shaun Bartlett
UP-Tuks coach Tlisane Motaung believes the working relationship he shares with Bafana Bafana legend and AmaTuks mentor Sean Bartlett will be the recipe for his team’s success in the Varsity Football championship.
Unlike other Varsity Football coaches having to plan their training schedule around the timetables of the various PSL and NFD teams their players belong to, Motaung sits with Bartlett regularly to work out his programme.
“I have a very good relationship with Sean Bartlett. We work together, he’s very educated in football, and actually makes my life very, very easy. He allows ‘his’ players to train with us on a regular basis because we all working together to claim the ultimate prize, which is the Varsity Football title,” Motaung said.
Tuks’ Varsity Football campaign started on a solid note with a 1-1 draw against city rivals and defending champions Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) last week. In fact, Tuks were leading up until the 94th minute before a brilliant free kick earned the champions a share of the points.
It doesn’t get any easier for Tuks this week, though, with last year’s runners-up University of Johannesburg (UJ) waiting on the horizon. UJ is still smarting from a 1-0 defeat to CUT in their opening fixture and will no doubt be looking to get some points on the log.
“It was a blow conceding in the last moments of the game, but I can’t really fault the boys. They played good football. We had numerous chances to bury the game, but we take lessons from it and look to rectify it this week.
“We know it’s always hard playing against a team who lost their last match. UJ will come guns blazing. It’s another Highveld derby, so there’s lots at stake.”
Motaung has a full squad to choose from for Thursday’s encounter with all his players over the small niggles they picked up on opening night.