UWC Has Ace Up Their Sleeve
UWC will head into their first ever Varsity Football final on Heritage Day with plenty of confidence, a burning desire to succeed and an ace up their sleeves.
It has certainly been a fairytale season for the Cape students as they not only secured top spot on the log but have an unblemished record at home, something their coach Salie Adams believes will certainly add extra motivation.
"Being unbeaten at home is certainly a motivational factor and obviously we have adjusted better to the conditions than our opponents. If you look at it realistically, the ground is not a perfect surface to play football on but having adjusted as well as we did is certainly an advantage and the players have got it in their minds now that they take control of the home ground and be the kings of it," Adams said.
UWC have already hosted TUT in the competition and Adams feels that the Pretoria side will be the favourites, despite losing that encounter.
"They were not successful previously and that is the other plus for us. They haven't mastered the surface and I don't think they can be confident in beating us.
"I don't think we are the favourites or the underdogs, I think we head into the game on level playing fields. They are the favourites because of the quality they have, we are just a team with a bunch of players who have some confidence and enthusiasm but they have the so-called "star" players," he added.
The Cape students' success thus far has been built around the attacking prowess of their dynamic midfielders, Tapelo Sixishe and Thulani Mkosi, however, Adams believes the best is yet to come from the pair.
"Tapelo and Thulani have not really played to their full potential. They are key players in our team and I am expecting them to come out and play at 90 to 95 percent of their ability.
"They have certainly been exciting but were not effective and I'm hoping they will be effective. I am expecting those type of players to come to the fore and be effective for the team," he stated.
Adams stated that the overall success of the team has not come down to his coaching style but rather the hunger shown by the each member of the squad.
"After USSA qualification, I sensed an urgency and a need to want to be successful. This squad knew what they wanted and they set the targets, they set the goals and they have now almost reached the targets and goals they set.
"They wanted to win, for me [as a coach] it was only about guiding them in the right direction and making sure the combinations are good and keeping them aware of what needs to be done tactically. But at the end of the day, it is all about the players wanting to win and that has been the key," he said.