Tuks Set To 'Go Long'
The pitch at the UWC Stadium in Bellville may force UP-Tuks to employ a long ball game in their Varsity Football clash on Monday.
The surface at UWC is not quite of the same standard the UP-Tuks players are used to at their High Performance Centre in Pretoria, and coach Evangelos Vellios says that the key will be to adapt their game to the conditions.
"We will have a look at the conditions when we have a light training session there on Sunday, but that is just the way it is and we must adapt our game if we need to," he said.
Vellios added that AmaTuks strikers Lucky Mathosi and Botshelo Mfulwane could play a big role if the pitch does not allow a passing game.
"We have got some big strikers and we can go long if we need to. We are renowned for playing a direct game so that will not be a problem," he said.
Whilst the defending champions will be comfortable adapting their attacking game, one area of major concern for Vellios is their defence which has leaked too many goals for his liking this season.
"We have conceded more goals than we did last season and we have struggled to keep clean sheets so that has been a big focus for us this week. If we stop conceding goals we will win our games because we have at least one goal in us each game," he explained.
Vellios also knows that they will be up against a hungry UWC side that need to win to keep their play-off hopes alive.
"They will be tough, another loss could be the final nail in their coffin so they will definitely be up for it.
"We need one win to secure a place in the play-offs and two wins to get home advantage in the semifinals so we have an important job to do as well," he added.