The University of the Free State’s men’s team will take on the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in the Varsity Football Cup, looking to improve their game after their loss against the Central University of Technology (CUT).
Kovsies and an in-form Tshwane square off tomorrow (22/08) in the round five match of the tournament at Shimlapark in Bloemfontein. Kick-off is at 18:30.
Kovsies will be gunning to end Tshwane’s unbeaten run after four matches played thus far.
The visitors are the only team with a clean record out of the eight university teams competing in the tournament.
Kovsies were handed their first loss by local rivals, CUT, in a derby played last Thursday (15/08).
Gutsy CUT beat Kovsies 2 – 0, and thus claimed the third position on the points table as UFS descended to position five following their defeat.
With a victory over the unbeaten Tshwane, Kovsies will propel themselves to the top four bracket, which would be ideal to qualify for the final.
Kovsies will hope their forward Dylan O’Brien will be at his best for this pulsating encounter.
The goal-getter has scored two goals since the start of the competition, but the striker seems to have forgotten his shooting boots home having gone three matches without scoring a single goal.
If O’Brien can score some much-needed goals it will help Kovsie realise their aspiration to qualify for the semi-final. Kovsie boasts five points.
In the TUT side, they will however face tough opponents.
The visitors are topping the standing with ten points followed by University of Johannesburg with seven points, while CUT is in third position with six points.
The team from Pretoria is depending on their strikers Ronald Mabasa, Thabiso Lebitso and Tumelo Mphela to do the job against UFS.
The three strikers have each scored two goals thus far in the tournament as has Kovsie’s counterpart, O’Brien.