It will be a tough task for UWC when they face off against TUT on Thursday in the second semi-final of the 2023 Men’s Varsity Football tournament, but having already beaten the defending champions in the round robin stages the Cape side will no doubt feel they have more than just home ground advantage.
The 2015 champions started with two draws and a loss before their campaign picked up momentum with four wins on the trot. In the process, they scored 12 goals while only conceding four. Riyaaz Koopstadt contributed three.
Being tied with TUT on 14 points on the log, but finishing second thanks to a better goal difference, captain Craig Joemath knows what is expected from them and what they are facing.
"The expectations haven't changed from us, we will tackle every game the same way we have been doing every week. We recover post every game, we take a day off and wait for the technical team to relay the plans for the next game.
"We had our recovery and easing into preparations and we are now more focused on improving and correcting our wrongs as a team."
Joemath praises his side's strength this season and believes that will help them this week.
"We’re not a team of individuals, we play united and support each other in everything we do. As a team, we’ve had our ups and downs so the team as a whole has been outstanding in this campaign.
"We will rely on each other this week to go above and win. We play at home in front of our supporters and that will motivate us to do better."
by Ayanda Frances Felem