Kovsies Backlash Imminent
UFS-Kovsies captain, Themba Zimo, feels their 4-0 loss to NMMU-Madibaz is not a reflection of his team and they are dead-set on coming back stronger in their next match.
Kovsies find themselves in fifth position on the log, level on points with the Madibaz, but the PE students occupy fourth position thanks to a superior goal difference.
The Bloem students relinquished their unbeaten home record which has left the captain and squad with a bitter taste in their mouths.
"We are not happy at all. It was a home game for us and to concede four goals is not a reflection of Kovsies Football," he said.
Zimo stated they only had themselves to blame as they conceded soft goals and failed to get on the scoresheet, but the team spirit remains high and the players are full of confidence despite being outplayed by the Madibaz.
Kovsies' usual style of play was few and far between in the first half as they switched to a more direct style with aerial passes which played straight into the hands of the visitors.
"The Madibaz really shocked us with their attitude on the field. They really wanted those points and outplayed us. I would say that it had an impact on us but we also went into the game over-confident and that counted against us as well," he added.
The tournament entered the business end in Round Five with as many as six teams in the hunt for a semi-final spot and the situation remains the same for Kovsies who face this year's whipping boys, UCT in the next game.
"The next game is the most important for us. We need to get plenty of goals to go ahead of NMMU (who play UL). So, for both teams, it's going to be huge games," he said.
Kovsies will be excited with the news that Dumisani Tjomelane might be available for the UCT match after he returns following his participation in the World Student Games Qualifying Tournament in Zambia.