Tenoff lauds Kovsies’ duo for outstanding season

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LEE KHOTLELE

Bloemfontein – The University of the Free State football team coach, Godfrey Tenoff, has praised top-class performances of Dylan O’Brien and Dumisani Tjomelane throughout the season, adding that they represented the varsity well.

Earlier this year, striker, O’Brien guided Free State to the 2014 SAB under 21 championship held in North West. Adding to the gold medal, the Kovsies’ forward claimed the top goal scorer (six goals) accolade for his outstanding scoring game.

The striker is no stranger to scoring goals, having finished the SAB Regional League as the second top goal scorer with 12 goals for Kovsies last season.

Meanwhile, “Dunga” Tjomelane also made the institution proud with his outstanding performance with the University Sport South Africa (USSA) national team in August.

The defender was called up to the USSA team to participate in the CUCSA games held in Zambia, where he captained the team, leading them to the second spot in the overall standings.

Tenoff said the duo went on to play a vital role in the successful Varsity Football season, despite the team failing to make the finals.

“They represented the university very well throughout the season and I’m happy with their achievements,” he told Courant Sport.

“Dylan is an incredible player and Dunga is a talent that has been overlooked. They had an incredible season throughout and deserved the recognition,” he added.

The man in charge highlighted that the exposure was a good one for his players as they prospered in the process.

Meanwhile, O’Brien said being part of the SAB Championship prepared him well for the Varsity Football. He added that he was disappointed for not being able to find the back of the net regularly in the Varsity Football as he did in the championship.

“I expected too much of myself coming from such a huge achievement. I needed to score, but it happens in football, if you try too hard, it does not happen,” he explained.

Dunga explained that achievements of this nature prove that Free State, particularly Bloemfontein, has talent.

“It’s amazing to be recognised by your performance. The rewards of working hard have shown this year and it’s exciting. Somehow this year, things are going well for me, and it’s great.”

He labeled being part of the USSA team and also being awarded the honour to captain the side as the highlight of his season.

The other Free State born players to captain the USSA National team were former UFS football player and current Bloemfontein Celtic CEO, Khumbulani Konco as well as Platinum Stars’ and former Celtic player, Patrick Malokase.