A cracking game is expected on Thursday night when UFS host CUT in what will be the first Bloemfontein derby in Men’s Varsity Football.
With it also being the last round before the playoffs, there will be more than just bragging rights up for grabs, especially for UFS as they can still sneak into the top four and the coveted semi-finals.
The pressure will be on the Lions and according to their captain and centre-back, Aphiwe Zulu, they are going to have to make this one count if they are to reach the semi-finals for the third year in a row.
“It won't be an easy game and it's a derby, which will make it tougher. CUT are looking for their first win of this season and on the other hand, we are looking for the three points to keep our chance alive of reaching the semi-finals. The spirit In the camp is good and the players are motivated by the big Bloemfontein derby.”
Across town, ‘Amashangane’ are going to take this game seriously as well, as they will be playing for pride and while they respect Kovsies, they want to sign their campaign off on a high note.
“We have nothing to lose and we are going to be playing for pride since it is a derby,” says captain and defender Simo Ndlovu.
“There will of course be bragging rights up for grabs as well. We will be heading there with the mentality of winning, and it's not about causing any injustice for Kovsies, as they are still in it with a chance to reach the last four, but our pride is at stake.
“We will make sure that we use everything we have got to come out victorious in that game.”
Thursday night’s big Bloemfontein derby at Shimla Park will kick off at 19:15.