UWC to go all out at Tuks
Miracles do happen in football, and that is exactly what UWC men’s football club needs to progress to the semi-finals of the Varsity Football competition.
With two games remaining, the UWC men are currently in fifth position within the eight-team league, six points adrift of fourth placed Tuks of the University of the Pretoria, whom they are meeting tonight for an away game in Pretoria.
So to progress, UWC needs to beat Tuks and win at home against the University of Cape Town on 2 September with a big score. Further, they must hope that Tuks lose their last game against North West University on the same day.
UWC’ central defence pair of Robin Swarts and Cleo Pokpas, both honours students in sports management, believes they can still sneak through.
“It’s unfortunate that we find ourselves in this position,” said Swartz. “But we will not change our approach and we will go for a win.”
Although they started their Varsity Football campaign slow, losing both of their first two home games, the UWC team has since found their feet and produced some good football which saw them managing a draw away at the University of Free State and a win away to Wits University. Swartz believes that luck has not been on their side as in most games they did not take their chances and conceded late goals.
That is now water under the bridge. “The guys are ready to fight. The moral is high and the lads are encouraged by our past performances,” added Swartz.
Pokpas believes that the Varsity Football competition challenges their focus as they need to find the balance between football and their studies, the competition has also exposed them to a different class of professional football.
“For instance, when we went to play the University of Free State in Bloemfontein we were sharing a hotel with Mamelodi Sundowns,” added Swartz. “We got to rub shoulders and shared breakfast with some of the top players in South Africa. It was such a wonderful experience that we would not have had without participating in this this tournament.”