TUT To Keep UWC Guessing
TUT head coach Bushy Moloi says that a few of his star players might not be travelling to Cape Town for next week’s Varsity Football final against UWC.
The Pretoria side are struggling with injuries to few key players and Moloi says it will be a huge knock to their chances if they cannot play.
"We have three players that are not 100 percent. I can confirm that they might not even be travelling with the team," said Moloi.
"Thabang Motau might not be travelling with the team. He got a knock on the knee that he is still battling with. King Ndlovu (goalkeeper) also had a serious problem with his thumb and for the whole week he has not been doing anything. He might not be ready.
"The other player that we also not a 100 percent sure about is Itumeleng (Mogotsi). Itumeleng came back from the Nedbank Ke Yona team and had a lot of knocks. After the game against Tuks we put him out for some time and after tomorrow (Friday) morning we will know what is happening with him. He might be in, he might not be in. It will be a blow for us if the three quality players are not going to be part of the team."
This latest spate of injuries might be considered to be a bit of mind games by the TUT coach to keep their opponents guessing ahead such of a big match, however if it is true then they will be at a serious disadvantage in what will be hostile conditions in Bellville.
Moloi also has another concern on his mind and that is the state of the pitch at UWC's home ground. The last time they played UWC was in Round Six at the UWC Sports Stadium and they lost 0-1.
"Not being used to the field that they play on is the only disadvantage and nothing else. If it was at Athlone Stadium then it would be a different story.
"Another factor is that you won't see a wonderful final. You will see a final that is predicted by the field and nothing else," he added.
Moloi said that they will be focussing on their own game ahead of this important match as they look to bury some demons in Cape Town.
"This time around we are going to play our style of football. We are going to stick to our principles. The last time we played, they had a lot of chances but they only scored one goal. We had more chances, but we did not score.
"So maybe this time around, like we did with Tuks, things might be different when we go back home on Friday," he said.