More To Play For Than A Varsity Football Semi-Final Spot
Varsity Football Semi-Final Spot Is Not The Only Thing To Play For
The match between Tuks and UWC takes place this evening where both teams will be assured of a semi-final spot, should the contest end in a draw, but home advantage is at stake.
Tuks aiming for the stars
Tuks will not play it safe in Monday's crucial final round-robin Varsity Football clash against the University of Western Cape, according to coach Tisang Motaung.
Tuks, though, have more to lose as should UWC defeat them by more than three goals they will be eliminated entirely and North-West University will proceed to the play-offs.
The threat of elimination is not putting Tuks off though as they are aiming for the stars. Tuks can lose and still qualify for the semi-finals if the margin is less than two goals.
“The players know what is at stake. They are highly motivated and hungry. We are not going to play it safe. The plan is to take maximum points. We want a home semi-final. We’re not even thinking of drawing,” Motaung said.
Salie Adams hopes his troops don’t tire of travels
UWC coach Salie Adams is hoping his team’s long trip away from home will not catch up with them in Monday's crucial Varsity Football clash against Tuks in Pretoria.
The Cape Town side has been in Gauteng for the past week. Notorious for not being good travellers, UWC smashed that myth last Thursday by defeating the University of Johannesburg 5-1.
The victory earned the 2015 champions a semi-final berth, but now they have to take at least one point off Tuks on Monday to secure a home playoff. Victory for UWC will also see them play the Central University of Technology, with Tuks left to battle it out with tournament pace-setters the Tshwane University of Technology for a place in the final.
“We’ve been on the road for six days already. It is almost like an old-school tour. So, I am hoping my boys aren’t tired and they lift themselves once more. They were really hungry against UJ. We had a good chat and they went out there and got the job done,” Adams said.
A win for UWC will see the Cape Town side host the semi-final.