Defending champions TUT has a mountain to climb when they take on the in-form UWC in the second semi-final of the 2023 Men’s Varsity Football tournament at UWC Sports Stadium in Cape Town on Thursday.
The Pretoria outfit is in search of the fourth star on their jerseys after finishing third in the overall standings. They go into the match against their opponents with one loss, two draws and four victories during the season. Striker Ronald Mabaso was their top goal scorer, getting six of his team’s 13 goals.
Mabaso and midfielder Tshiamo Mahome however won’t be part of the Red Army’s game plan for Thursday due to injuries. Despite the huge dent left by their absence, head coach Bushy Moloi believes his side can still turn the fortunes around.
“I wish a miracle could happen so that they can be part of the team. They worked hard and now when we need them the most they are not available but we have others who can carry the load.
“We lost to the same team while having those experienced players, so maybe all the players will be hungry for success this time around.”
TUT’s last trip to the Western Cape in August was fruitless as they lost 0-2 against UWC.
Moloi says this time around TUT will have to be clinical in goal when they visit UWC.
“We have to score goals and not concede to make the final and win the fourth star. UWC has been good opposition, we will respect them as usual and make use of the chances we create.
“So far we have not been consistent but [we] are determined to reach the finals.”