Tuks vice-captain Nqobile Khumalo says their shock 3-1 defeat to UFS on Friday was a big wake-up call for them.
The Varsity Football tournament hosts are second-last on the log after two rounds, having drawn 1-1 with TUT (after conceding a late equaliser) and then going down to Kovsies.
It means their match against Wits on Monday (14:00, SuperSport Variety 4, DStv channel 209) is a must-win if they hope to stay in semi-final contention.
Khumalo admits they underestimated Kovsies.
“We got punished,” he says. “Maybe it is a good thing. I see it as a wake-up call. We now realise there is not such a thing as an easy game in Varsity Football.
“Against Wits, we will come to the party and play our way – the Tuks way.”
Tuks dominated the first 20 minutes of their match against Kovsies, but could not capitalise on their scoring opportunities.
The turning point in the game came three minutes before half-time when Sello Diphoko’s shot deflected off Tuks captain Blessing Mabasa into the net.
Diphoko scored again in the 52nd minute and completed his hat-trick in the 76th.
Alex Stothard scored a consolation goal for Tuks late in the game.
“We are very disappointed with the result,” says Stothard. “I think we dropped our heads once the second goal had gone in. Still, we played some good football during the game.
“We will regroup and fix our mistakes against Wits. We need to as we will be going all out to ensure we contest the semi-finals.”
– Article courtesy TuksSport
Photo: Catherine Kotze/Varsity Sports