NWU Fans Don't Faze Tuks
Much has been said about the thousands of football crazy fans who flock to the home matches of NWU to support their team but UP-Tuks coach Evangelos Vellios is not fazed by this.
Mafikeng has become synonymous with having the biggest crowd in the competition with close to 10 000 spectators who rally behind their institution no matter what is happening on the field.
Vellios has the proud record of being the only coach to head to the North West students' fortress and leave with maximum points, however, there are no points on offer this time.
"In a semifinal, your league form gets thrown out the window. Yes, it helps with momentum going into the game but that means nothing in a match where it's the end of the road for the losers," he said.
Tuks will be relying on senior players who were part of the squad last year to inspire and motivate the younger players as to what they should expect from the partisan crowd.
The Pretoria students are feeling rejuvenated after they thrashed NMMU 4-0 to guarantee their spot in the semifinal and will be hard at work to polish their defensive structure in an effort to stop the attacking threat of NWU.
"We know they are a big threat going forward so we will be making sure we are tight at the back like we were against the Madibaz. It's up to the senior players to take charge at the back and motivate the younger ones," he added.
There is no doubt Tuks have the tactical and technical ability to compete and overcome NWU but the real test is how they are going to handle a fired up NWU who will have thousands cheering for them.
"Our players have enough experience of playing in front of a big crowd. There may be one or two who will be nervous but nerves are good," he stated.