After a dismal season in Varsity Football, UCT coach, Rowan Hendricks, is keen to regroup and build a new team for next year.
UCT-Ikey Warriors had a torrid time in the tournament this term, finishing bottom of the standings after a 3-3 draw to UWC earlier this week.
Hendricks has remained positive in his approach to coaching the Ikeys and believes the process to building a strong team has just begun.
“I’d love to stay and build UCT into a powerhouse in University Football. UCT might not have the same vision as Tuks have, but I would lie if I said I didn’t want that for this university because I think UCT has a lot to offer Cape Town and the country in terms of football and education as well,” he said.
The former Bafana Bafana, Ajax Cape Town and Supersport United player admits it hasn’t been the easiest of seasons, but he is confident UCT can become a formidable force in Varsity Football.
“I started rebuilding the team this year and it has been a very tough first season for me as head coach, but we have seen growth and the results on the field will come with patience and hard work,” he added.
Hendricks says it was important for him to work with his players to understand his philosophy in training and when they take to the playing field. The coach plans to continue this process by bringing in new players next season when some his current squad leave due to graduation.
“I wanted to give them a vision and an identity this year, practice the type of football we want to play and now we need to find more players to complement the style and form a team with the current players,” he explained.
Hendricks says the goal for the Ikeys now is to qualify for the tournament next year, so that they can improve on their performance and challenge for a place among the top teams.