The dream final is on – we have been asking for the Varsity Football Tshwane derby final and our wishes have been granted. Let’s hope the eagerly awaited final will live up to its expectations. Tuks are on the verge of re-writing the history books by becoming the first team to win the title a record third time. Here are six reasons that Tuks should lift their third title.
Losing to TUT again is unthinkable
Tuks have already lost the USSA final against their bitter rivals in the lottery a few months ago. Another defeat in a televised game will be seen as a disaster. Revenge will be the name of the game as Tuks embark on a short trip to the West of Pretoria for their biggest game of the tournament. Defeat in this massive game is non-negotiable and that message will be played over and over to their players.
Tuks are trend setters
They enjoy making the headlines and love to be the first team to make things happen. They won the title back-to-back and no team has achieved that feat. They are built on that that history by taking home a third title. No team has more titles than them and this is a perfect opportunity to stretch their achievement. It has become a norm for Tuks to set a trend and TUT to follow it.
Tuks have the big match temperament
Tuks have the experience on their side and they know how to handle themselves in a big game. They are the type of a team that knows how to grind out results. Time and time again Tuks have been involved in big matches and have come out on top. They have a bunch of players that play for one another. Cup finals are once off matches but they require a great deal of experience and Tuks seem to have it on their side.
Tuks can still win a football match without playing well
What set Tuks apart from the rest of the Varsity Football teams in this year’s competition is their ability to win a match without playing well. Ball possession counts for nothing; football is all about results and that is where Tuks come in. Tuks have not played well in the majority of their games in this year’s competition but they still collected maximum points and kept a clean sheet while they were at it. TUT are all about dominance and lack the killer instinct in the final third of the field.
Tuks’ motivation is to end TUT’s unbeaten run
TUT are unbeaten in two years, but that record could come tumbling down against their cross town rivals. Tuks will love nothing more than to become the first team to end this impressive run and bag the city’s bragging rights. Victory will be celebrated widely at Tuks as a win would also end a long standing unbeaten record. Tuks came close to achieving that feat on match day one, but TUT’s talisman Themba Ndlovu rescued a point with a deadly free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game.
TUT won’t cope with Tuks’ aerial threats
Tuks midfield maestro Jeremiah Nkwana will pump every ball into the TUT’s eighteen-yard box and this will pose a big problem for the red machine. They didn’t cope with Tuks’ aerial threat in the first match and nearly paid a big price for that. Well, here’s a dose of bad news for TUT: Tuks are back in town and bring with them the most dangerous free-kick taker in the competition – Nkwana. Tuks have tall players and they love to surge forward for set-pieces. It won’t come as a surprise if Tuks capitalise on the dead ball situations.
By Charles Baloyi