Can Tuks Do The Varsity Football Double?
UP-Tuks coach Kenneth Neluvhalani is targeting a Varsity Football 'double'.
UP-Tuks coach Kenneth Neluvhalani is targeting a Varsity Football 'double' when the women’s competition gets underway on Thursday. The Tuks men’s side has already qualified for the Varsity Football final next week, with the women’s team now looking to emulate their success.
The women’s competition is organised differently though, with all teams playing their respective games over a two-day period in Potchefstroom. The Tuks women’s side open their campaign against the University of Johannesburg.
“We want both teams in the final. There’s no doubt of that. Tukkies have a proud football tradition and the women want to go all the way,” Neluvhalani said.
“The men have been an inspiration to the girls. They really want to go out there and do the same and qualify for the final.”
Tuks will certainly be looking to improve on their showing from last season when they failed to win a single match. The task will be made even tougher now that their captain has joined the Banyana Banyana squad for the COSAFA Cup in Zimbabwe.
The armband has therefore been passed on to 23-year-old midfielder Natasha De Almeida, who will be playing in her first Varsity Women’s Football season.
“We do lose our captain to Banyana, but we have every confidence in Natasha. She’s excited to get going and really motivated for this competition,” he explained.
UP-Tuks face UJ on Thursday while they will be up against UWC and NWU-Potch on the Friday thereafter.