Defending champions TUT bounced back from the disappointing loss to UWC to beat VUT in the fifth round of Varsity Football 2023. The red army currently sit second on the log with two more round robin games to go before the playoffs.
TUT’s consistency was questioned during their 2-0 defeat in the hands of UWC, but revived their confidence with a solid performance against VUT.
Midfielder Tshiamo Mahome is confident that they can still maintain their spot in the log standings and that his first goal against NWU was a huge morale for him going into this season.
“I think I have been doing well this season and contributing towards the goals of the team, I finally got my first goal against North West which is a good confidence booster for myself. So far it has been a good team effort.”
The Ga-Rankuwa-born is one of TUT’s key players this season as one of the experienced bunch in Bushy’s squad having joined the institution in 2021.
“I had initially taken a break in football until 2019, I was scouted by the TUT technical team in 2021 when I was playing for Eersterust Rams FC in the SAFA Tshwane Regional League. I made my debut against UJ last year, it was a good one for me as we won 2-0 away and I managed to score.
The experience was amazing as it was also the first time I played in a TV broadcast match, in a huge crowd, it motivated me to do better.” Mentioned Mahome
Mahome hailed his side for the maturity of the team and the relentless effort portrayed by his teammates.
“At the moment, I think the unity in the team is better than last year, we are more experienced and most of the players in the squad have taken part in the competition. Ultimately we are just working harder.
The mandate is clear on our side, we want to play nine games we want to defend our title and I believe what will help us is to not get carried away and take it one game at a time. We’ve had a good start but we haven’t qualified for the knock-outs, we are doing good, but not good enough” says Mahome
The red army head to UFH in round 6 and will be looking to claim valuable points remain at the summit of the log and secure a semi-final spot.
“We have improved as a team and got better in what want to achieve, they want to win and stay in contention and qualify for the semis.” Concluded Tshiamo Mahome
By Lehlogonolo Ditshego