Defending Varsity Football champions TUT began their title defence with a goalless draw last week against UFS at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein.
This was even though Bushy Moloi’s charges had more opportunities in what was a fiercely contested match. They had to settle for a point as UFS was never going to be a walkover.
Varsity Football proves to get tougher by the season, as TUT completed a double against UFS last season.
TUT goalkeeper Luyanda Madindi was the last line of defence against UFS and had to deal with everything their opponents threw at them.
“We could not capitalize on our chances in the first half, we never had good movement of the ball but it was our first match and we cannot put pressure on ourselves.
“I am not sad but disappointed that we didn’t score because those boys showed respect to us. The performance I’ve shown was good because we managed to keep a clean sheet which is important to us as a defence.”
With both teams failing to find the back of the net, UFS created more chances in the second half and kept Madindi busy in between the sticks.
“It surely was a game to learn from, we shouldn’t put pressure on the forward players as it was very tough for them. We did not do our combinations like we normally do, we should fix our attacking because if we don’t score we create a lot of pressure on ourselves” Madindi adds.
The Red Army now shifts their focus to their next hurdle, newcomers CUT who drew 1-1 in their first match against fellow newcomers UWC. Madindi believes they should not dwell too much on their previous games and move on to the next task.
“We are playing all our games away and travelling is another problem because we have to study and it affects us. I promise we are going to score more goals in our next match”.