Tuks Captain: The Wheels Are Coming Off
UP-Tuks Captain Lawrence Ntswane: The Wheels Are Coming Off
UP-Tuks captain Lawrence Ntswane says that the wheels are coming off at TUT, ahead of the Varsity Football final on Thursday.
TUT are the defending champions and are unbeaten in this year’s competition and Ntswane speaks from a position of strength.
While TUT may possess easily the hottest property in the competition, in the form of striker Themba Ndlovu, but Bushy Moloi’s team have failed to put a cohesive performance together in their last three matches.
Firstly, they scraped a 1-0 victory over tournament strugglers Wits before North-West University held them to a 2-2 draw in the final league match of the season. The problems continued in the semi-final against the Central University of Technology after TUT had a player sent off. However, they managed to hold on for a 1-1 draw before advancing on penalties.
This is in contrast to a Tuks side, who recovered from a slow start, to head off on a red-hot five-game winning streak since all their star players returned from the World Student Games in Taipei.
“They haven’t been at their best lately. It seems like the wheels are coming off there. But that is also something we must guard against. They would have looked at their performances recently and tried to rectify their mistakes,” Ntswane said.
Tuks can also take confidence from the fact they are just one of two teams in the competition who TUT have not beaten this season. A fiercely competitive Tshwane derby opened the season with Tuks leading until the dying moments of the game before Ndlovu struck with a screaming free-kick to tie up the game.
Ntswane believes this is where the final could be decided and hopes it’s his target-men who are the ones to bring their scoring boots along.
“We know it’s going to be a tight game. We know it is a final. A game where there are not going to be lots of chances. So, it is about which team’s strikers take their chances. That is going to be the difference between lifting the trophy or not,” said Ntswane.