No Stopping Play-off Kings Tuks
UP-Tuks have never lost a Varsity Football play-off match, and they are peaking at the right time once again.
The two-time champions will go up against Tshwane rivals TUT in what should be an epic semifinal on Thursday as they look to book their place in a third consecutive final.
Although their campaign got off to a slow start, five unanswered goals in their last two games shows that once again they are hitting form at the right time, and coach Evangelos Vellios believes they are playing some of their best football ever.
"I am excited by the way we are playing, these last two games have been some of the best we have played interms of enterprising football so I am excited to show the country what we can do," he said.
Looking at his team's impressive record, Vellios admitted that they are very confident heading into the knock-out phase of the competition.
"We have only conceded one goal in Varsity Football play-offs and that was the first final when we beat NMMU 4-1.
"When it really matters and we have to focus the team performs so we are feeling confident," he said.
Vellios said that the secret to his team peaking for the play-offs each year is that by the end of the tournament they have been able to gel as a unit.
"All of the players play for different teams in different leagues, but with Varsity Football we work together for the whole season so by the end the team is able to peak at the right time," he explained.
The UP-Tuks coach knows that TUT will provide a stern challenge for his side, but is looking forward to taking their rivals on at home.
"We have got a lot of respect for TUT, but we are playing at home and we know the pitch so we are not nervous or anxious about it.
"It is usually a 50/50 game and we just need to put in the hard work to make it 51/49 in our favour," he said.