#TuksFootball: Tuks grabs its first victory with a two-one win over Wits in the 2021 Varsity Football tournament

Posted on September 13, 2021

Chuffed is the word the head coach, Nicholas Stothard, used to describe his feelings after Tuks had beaten Wits 2-1 in Round 3 of the 2021 Varsity Football tournament. 

It is Tuks's first victory in this year’s edition. 

"It was a very tough game. Emotionally draining. However, the boys showed a lot of character.  After Wits scored the equalising goal, I asked them to "respond". They did precisely that. 

"Yes, we should have scored more goals, but then again, three log points are three log points no matter how many goals you score."

Tuks's captain, Blessing Mabasa, echoed his coach's sentiments. 

"As a team, we were really determined. So we fought right to the end.  Actually, we had no option as it was a must-win game. I am happy with every team members' performance. The challenge is now to keep on winning."

Alex Stothard, the team's top goalscorer in the SAB League, had to watch the game from the stands after being diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer over the weekend. 

"It was an excellent performance. When Duwy Selotola scored the winning goal, I was beside myself. I ran down from the top of the stands to go celebrate with my teammates."

According to Selotola, it was special to help Tuks win. 

"Scoring a goal is always special, but it is never about personal glory. When you score, it is for the team. Every time we take to the field, it is a case of one for all and all for one. It would have been nice if there had been spectators to celebrate with us.

Lebohang Montueli scored the first goal for Tuks. It is only the second time since 2017 that he had scored in the Varsity Football tournament. The recent goal was a brilliant effort. He caught the Wits goalkeeper with a long-range shot of about 35 metres.

"It is hard to explain, but before the game, I got a feeling that I was going to do something special. It is not something that happens often," Montueli said.

Tuks's vice-captain Nqobile Kumalo had to be carried from the field on a stretcher in the 47th minute after he injured his knee. According to him, his injury is not serious. 

"I won't play tomorrow against VUT, but I ought to be ready for the second leg of the Varsity Tournament." 

The kick-off for tomorrow's clash between Tuks and VUT is 15:00. 

As things stand, UJ is the only unbeaten team. They top the log with seven points after three games. Northwest, Kovsies, and VUT are jointly second, all with six points. Tuks has got four points.

- Author Wilhelm De Swardt

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