Kovsies wary of struggling Madibaz



Bloemfontein – The University of the Free State’s assistant football coach, Queen Modutoane, has warned his troops not to underestimate the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Madibaz ahead of their Varsity Football match in Bloemfontein at Shimla Park on Monday.

Modutoane, who is in charge of the side in absence of coach, Godfrey Tenoff, says the Madibaz are an unpredictable side.

“It’s dangerous playing teams that haven’t been doing well. You don’t know the kind of motivation they will get, so you have to be careful,” Modutoane told Courant.

“Playing a team of Madibaz’s calibre is dangerous because they’re hoping to start picking up vital points, or maybe a point away from home. So, we should not be carried away and say we will win the match because we are playing at home,” he added.

Kovsies dropped valuable points last week against the University of Johannesburg when they drew 2-2, and Modutoane said lack of concentration once again let them down.

“We were disappointed with the fact that we didn’t protect the lead, but again, getting a draw against UJ was not that bad because they are a good side.”

“This week, we’re optimistic that the results will come our way. However, I’m not going to change too much in terms of formation."

"We’re going to play our normal football. Godfrey and I believe in our philosophy of playing the ball on the ground and passing it around. So we’ll continue with that.”

Kovsies will be without central defender, Dumisani Tjemolani, who is currently with the USSA team in Zambia and this has forced Modutoane to ring a few changes.

“Dunga is one of our best defenders and was selected by the USSA national team. So we’ve replaced him with Glen Rikhotso."

“In other changes, we have decided to give Mongezi Mologovane and JJ Groenewald a chance to prove themselves. They’ve been playing from the bench, but will feature in the starting line-up this afternoon.”

Modutoane said the duo get the opportunity to start because they always do well for the team when they come on as substitutes.

Kovsies occupy the fourth spot on the log with seven points after four matches, while Madibaz lie two places below them with four points.

North West University are currently at the top standings with 10 points while the University of Pretoria and UJ are in second and third with nine and eight points respectively.

The match at Shimla Park in Bloemfontein kicks-off at 16:45 this afternoon.