When TUT take to the field at the UJ Soweto Stadium on Thursday 28 September for the 2023 Varsity Football final against UJ, the three-time defending champions are aiming for their fourth star against the season’s only undefeated team.
TUT midfielder Anda Yamile says their principle mandate to play nine games continues.
“About the back-to-back finals, at the beginning of the season, we were given a mandate that TUT play nine games year in and year out. Last year when I got here we were given the same mandate and we won the tournament.
“Facing the same opponents, it will be a tough game as UJ always gives us a very tough challenge but we somehow manage to come out on top. It is possible again this season to win it because I believe we have the right men to do it.”
TUT had a rollercoaster of a season with four wins, two defeats, one draw and conceding seven goals. Yamile, who captained UFH for three years before joining TUT, says he had a rollercoaster season.
“It wasn’t an easy season for me, I think it was the toughest season more than my debut season. Coach Bushy Moloi called me last year to join TUT and we worked and prepared for Varsity Football, no one expected a lot from me, from the team, fans and everyone else but it was a good move for me to come this side. So this season it was hard, I had to work twice as hard as I did last year.
“Game number three I got a red card and was also injured [in] the following game we lost to UWC. It might not be seen as influential but if you know and understand how TUT play you would realise how important it is. But I came out of it because I like challenges I had to push myself even more.”
The Pretoria side will be boosted by the presence of leading goal scorer Ronald Mabaso, who is also nominated for player of the season (vote HERE). Bushy Moloi’s side only managed to keep two clean sheets this season while UJ did not concede in six games.
However, Yamile is not too worried.
“I am not worried, I trust our goalkeeper and defence, and we don’t want to concede in this final. I don’t think we will concede and that will give us a huge boost to score more goals.”
by Lehlogonolo Ditshego