Record champions UP-Tuks will look to finally get going when they play hosts to the log leaders NWU Football in round 3 of Varsity Football 2022 after losing their first two games.
The Stripe Generation vice-captain, Fortune Chego alluded that they owe it to the fans and that it is time they rectify their poor start.
“The saddest part about last week’s match is that our supporters came in numbers and we did not get the desired results. We owe it to them; they are the most important part of the team. We must make them happy,” he told Varsity Football.
Tuks only managed to find the back of the net once in their previous two encounters, something that may need to turn around promptly.
“I think everyone has seen that we pride ourselves with our physicality and areal ability, especially with our big man in front, Nhlanhla Mabaso,” he added.
“He is the person we look to use to get goals, putting the balls out wide and creating crosses for Mabaso, to use his real strength to score.”
Chego plied his trade with ABC Motsepe League side Dube Continental FC, spending two seasons with the Soweto-based club.
‘Mazaza’ as he’s affectionally known has been with Tuks since 2020 following successful trials, however, the 20-year-old didn’t make the cut for the 2021 season squad.
In 2022, he is eager to utilize his experience to the benefit of the Stripe Generation.
“I played in the Motsepe League at a very young age and playing with older players was helpful, results matter in the ABC Motsepe and the same applies to Varsity Football. That is how I look to utilize my experience in Varsity Football,” he explains.
“It is no secret that we did not have the best start, but we should not dwell on our past results. What matters is that we still have five more games to play to make it to the knock-out stages.
“Our other problem was that a majority of the squad are new, so now we know what to do and what is expected of us. We played together two games and in front of a full stadium.”
The record champions are rooted at the bottom of the log and have conceded six goals in just two matches ahead of their meeting with the Noble Boys.
“It’s going to be a tough game, taking into consideration that they won their first two games and their confidence is high. We are also motivated because we lost our opening two games so we are both highly motivated. I believe with the coaching staff and players that we have we will produce the desired results,” concluded Chego.
UP-Tuks will host NWU at Tuks Stadium at 18:30 on Thursday, 4 August.
You can get information on how to get tickets here.
By Lehlogonolo Ditshego.