Tshwane University of Technology coach Bushy Moloi wants his team to keep their feet firmly on the ground after their Varsity Football season-opening victory over defending champions UP-Tuks on Thursday.
The two teams share a fierce rivalry, not only because they are both from the nation’s capital, but also because of their titanic on-field battles the past couple of seasons.
UP-Tuks pipped TUT to the Varsity Football title last year and their city neighbours were eager to exact revenge for their championship decider loss of last season.
Two goals from the dynamic Lebogang Phatlane ensured they did just that with a 2-1 win at the Tuks Football Stadium.
Moloi, though, doesn’t want his team to focus on the victory because it is still very early in the campaign.
“What happened last year, happened last year,” Moloi said.
“There were no revenge talks. They have the star on their chest, and we now have to work for ours.
“It might do us the world of good winning this first game, but it could also be the worst thing because psychologically we think we have beaten the champions and the rest is going to be a walkover. We can’t afford to think like that.”
Moloi believes it was TUT’s 'tactical approach' was the reason for his claiming the early bragging rights.
“Our tactical approach on the night was very good. We had a few surprises for them and the boys executed the plans very well,” he said.
TUT are expected to extend their good start to the Varsity Football season when they travel to the University of Limpopo next week. The competition’s debutants struggled to adapt to the pace of Varsity Football in their opening game and were crushed 7-1 by the experienced University of Johannesburg.