Psychological Battle For Kovsies
UFS-Kovsies face a psychological battle when they head to the Cape to take on the tournament's whipping boys, UCT.
The Bloem students are coming off the back of a humbling 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Madibaz and will need to mentally adjust to their upcoming challenge as there is no need to overhaul the technical aspects of their game.
Kovsies caretaker coach Quinton Modutoane is aware the Cape students will have added information about his players and their playing style as current UCT coach Rowan Hendricks was the assistant coach at Kovsies last year and will have a point to prove.
"Rowan was the assistant coach of Kovsies last year. He knows the players and the way Godfrey thinks. It's going to be a mental challenge for us because he (Rowan) will want to prove himself to everyone," Modutoane said.
The 4-0 loss was a major wake-up call to Kovsies who are hopeful of gaining a semi-final spot and Modutoane believes the loss did more good than harm as the players now realise where their weaknesses are.
"We weren't clinical enough in front of goal against NMMU and that's what we have been working on. Also, we saw that we weren't well organised when defending set pieces but we have addressed that issue," he added.
Kovsies will be smarting at the return of Dumisani Tjomelane who rejoins the squad after doing duty for the National Students team in Zambia. Dunga, as he is known to his peers, will provide much needed stability to the defense but could also share some of his experiences with the squad in order to mentally uplift them.
The Bloem students will be in Cape Town for the second time in the tournament and will be hoping the weather will be much kinder to them as they hope they are able to play their brand of football instead of having to adapt to the unpredictable Cape weather patterns.
Regardless of the weather and the extra insight Hendricks may have, Modutoane knows his side needs to go all out for the win if they are to keep their hopes of a knockout spot alive.
"It's do or die for us. A draw or loss for us will mean we are out of the running for a spot in the semi-finals. We can't let that happen, so we will go all out for the win," he stated.