The Johannesburg outfit will face city rivals Wits in a classic showdown on Thursday, with the match taking place at UJ’s Soweto campus, starting at 6.15pm.
Although losing to North-West University last week, UJ ended the league phase level with University of Pretoria on points and goal difference, but were ranked first by virtue of their earlier win over Tuks.
Coach Mandla Zwane said they were ready to challenge for a spot in the title round.
“If you look back at the North-West University match it was a thrill-a-minute game and they managed to get an early advantage,” he said.
“But it has not affected the morale in our camp and we are ready to tackle the next hurdle.”
He said the players realised there would be pressure, but they would play their own game and “focus on what we do well”.
Although UJ have set themselves the objective of winning the tournament after some near misses in recent years, Zwane said they would not get ahead of themselves.
“We are going to take it one match at a time and our focus now is on Thursday’s game against Wits,” he said.
UP-Tuks will play Tshwane University of Technology in the other semifinal, being played at Tuks at 4pm.