NWU Coach: Varsity Football Is Such A Big Stage. There Are Scouts At Every Game
NWU Coach Amos Xabanisa: Varsity Football Is Such A Big Stage. There Are Scouts At Every Game.
North-West University coach Amos Xabanisa is hoping striker Thapelo Tlabakwe’s move to National First Division outfit, Jomo Cosmos FC will inspire the youngsters in his team to achieve similar heights and better.
Tlabakwe was instrumental in NWU’s march to the 2016 Varsity Football semi-finals.
The Mafikeng-based side have once again assembled a talented group in 2017 and currently sit atop the Varsity Football log after the opening two rounds, having scored seven goals in the process and conceded just one in the matches against University of Fort Hare and Wits.
“I spoke to my boys last night. I think it will be an inspiration for them to see guys like Thapelo moving to a club with such prestigious history like Jomo Cosmos,” Xabanisa said.
“Varsity Football is such a big stage. There are scouts at every game. Games are televised. I’ve just told my guys to continue to work hard and stay level-headed and things will happen for them.”
Xabanisa certainly needs to keep his team grounded, for they face formidable opposition on Thursday night when former champions UP-Tuks travel to the North-West Province.
Tuks have endured a tough start to their 2017 campaign, facing defending champions Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and last year’s runners-up University of Johannesburg (UJ) in their opening two games.
They have collected just one point from their opening two matches and will be eager to register their first victory of the season.
“We know the quality of Tuks, but we will approach it like every other game. We will be ready. We just need to maintain our consistency and calmness,” the NWU mentor said.
“We are emphasising a lot on quick inter-passing, possession football. We try to play an attractive brand of football for our fans but at the same time get the results.”