Come Thursday a new Varsity Football champion will be crowned when UWC and TUT meet in Cape Town for the final clash of the season.
Hosts UWC will hope to extend their season’s unbeaten record at home after missing the play-offs the last two years, while TUT will be in their first final as the closest they have been to a title was when they were knocked out of the 2013 semi-finals.
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When the two sides met earlier in the season at the same venue, UWC walked away with a slender 1-0 win in a game that could have gone either way.
While TUT have quite a few star players at their disposal, UWC have underlined the benefit of having a united team that is willing to work hard for each other. This should make for an awesome final as TUT is expected to rely on style and flair from some of their key players.
Talented midfielders Itumeleng Mogotsi and Thabang Motau along with goalkeeper King Ndlovu will look to bring the title home for TUT. For UWC the players to watch will be Thulani Mkosi, Tapelo Sixishe and captain Reon October in goal.
Although expectations will be high on his side, UWC coach Salie Adams expects them to handle the pressure and rise to the occasion. “I am sure the boys will cope with the so called pressure they are experiencing now. In saying that the excitement should be there and it will also give them a little more motivation to do well,” he said.
Adams is expecting TUT to try and bully them in what should be a highly physical encounter with so much at stake.
“I am expecting a physical approach from them. I don’t think their tactics will change much because I don’t think they have the type players that can make a difference.”
Adams said his game will require more combination plays and need to keep the ball a little bit longer for some shots at goal.
TUT’s coach Bushy Moloi believes his team’s biggest concern is the notoriously bumpy pitch at the UWC Stadium.
“Not being used to the field we’re going to is our only disadvantage. If it was at the Athlone Stadium then it would be a different story.”
He vowed to get revenge for their defeat at the same venue earlier in the year, and he is looking to bring the trophy to Pretoria.