UKZN Head of Sport, Mark Bashe says the University of KwaZulu-Natal are not giving up hope on their ambitions of reaching the play-offs in their maiden Varsity Football season.
UKZN entered the Varsity Football season with a great confidence after claiming the USSA title recently in Port Elizabeth. However, the boys from the east coast have found life at the higher level just a little bit tougher than what they are accustomed to. UKZN have lost both their opening matches are yet to pick up a point in this season’s Varsity Football competition.
“Definitely … it has been a rude awakening. It is a completely different ball game. I think we have realised that you have to be on top of your game in all departments, from preparation through to coaching to players taking responsibility out on the park,” said Bashe.
“But we are not giving up hope. We promised good crowds and good support because the people in KwaZulu-Natal are hungry for Varsity Football. And we will continue to fight for a place in the last four and I remain confident we can achieve this with our passionate fans spurring us on.”
It certainly doesn’t get any easier for UKZN, though, with their next clash being against defending champions UP-Tuks. Bashe, though, believes that David has the potential to slay Goliath.
“We have been watching Tuks the last two games, and make no mistake they are a quality team with quality players. But anything is possible … just look at last week’s result when the University of Limpopo held Tshwane (TUT) to a draw. So, if we can show the spirit and not be over-awed, I am sure we will be able to pull off a similar surprise result,” Bashe added.
UKZN will travel to the capital to face UP-Tuks in their own backyard on Thursday night.