Tuks Switch To Diski Challenge
After being knocked out the Varsity Football tournament, UP-Tuks will now shift their focus to retaining their Multichoice Diski Challenge title.
The Pretoria students are the defending champions, having beaten Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the final, and coach Evangelos Vellios is hopeful of continuing the proud Tuks winning tradition in this exciting tournament.
The Diski Challenge fits in perfectly with Vellios' duties at the Pretoria outfit as it looks to promote Under-23 football and building the PSL's Reserve League by helping to fast track young players into the first team.
"Currently we have about two players in the Diski Challenge team who participated in the Varsity Football tournament but we will certainly be looking to bringing in about five or six more of those young players.
"The whole philosophy of the Tuks Academy is to ensure that we grow each player and assist them into becoming the best player they can and play as high up as possible. We have shown over the years that there has been major progress throughout the various teams and we will definitely continue that trend.
"There are a few senior Varsity Football players who have played their last tournament and they will now have to go prove themselves in the higher leagues. It feels weird to know they will no longer be around but it also opens up the chance for fresh blood to come into the system. It is the way of life," Vellios said.
Vellios added that it is easy to dwell on being knocked out of the competition but he rather looks at the achievements and is thankful for what they have achieved.
"It is very easy to dwell on us no longer being in the competition but I would much rather focus on what we have achieved. We have won it on two consecutive occasions, among other titles. So instead of feeling down and sad, it's much easier to appreciate the blessings we have had.
"In terms of the match itself, it's football. There have been numerous times when we had luck go our way and managed to snatch victories when we should not have. We certainly did not have luck with us on the night and that's the way the ball bounces," he added.