Kovsies still in for a semi-final berth

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LEE KHOTLELE

Bloemfontein – The final round of the Varsity Football promises to be thrilling as the teams look set to give their all for a place in the semi-finals.

It is anyone’s game at the moment as the University of the Free State, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the University of Pretoria are all on 10 points going into the final round of round-robin games.

Kovsies, who occupy the fifth spot, take on North West University today at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein.

The Bloemfontein side will also see the return of coach, Godfrey Tenoff, who was in Brazil with the South African team for intellectually impaired players participating in the Inas World Football Championship in Sao Paolo.

“We’re aiming for maximum points. I’m confident that we‘ll go make the semi-finals. I’m confident with the good efforts from the players and technical staff. We just need to give our all and do well,” he told Courant.

“You need to have a feel of what you’re doing. The players must have confidence and ready to go and that is what we’ll be hoping to display today.”

Kovsies missed out on valuable points at home in two consecutive matches. One was a 2-2 against the University of Johannesburg before suffering a 4-0 defeat to the NMMU – Madibaz.

However, their subsequent 2-0 away win against the University of Cape Town gave the technical team hope.

Tenoff lauded the team’s assistant coach, Morethebe “Queen” Modutoane, who was in charge of the team in his absence.

“The coach did a very good job with the boys. I was glad that we managed to get three points in Cape Town. He did a fantastic job.”

Tuks and Madibaz will face each other tonight in Pretoria in another do-or-die match for both sides. The match kicks off at 19:00. The match in Bloemfontein gets under way at 18:00.

In tonight’s other matches, UCT host the UWC while the University of Limpopo are at home to the UJ, with kick-off at 16:30 and 18:00 respectively.