University of Pretoria midfielder Thabo Mosadi thinks the long break for the Caf Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations is a blessing in disguise for the club.
The Pretoria team have had a terrible start in the Absa Premiership this season, managing to pick up just five points out of a possible 27 and are 15th on the standings. Those points came in a way of a 3-0 win over Polokwane City at home and two draws against Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town, 1-1 and 0-0, while they lost the rest of the games.
“Things haven’t gone our way this season,” Mosadi admitted. “If you look at the team this season and the one from last season, you will realise that it is almost a completely new team. We lost about plus-minus 16 players since we came to the PSL. So, that has made things a bit difficult for the team, because now we had to start from scratch.”
“There are quite a number of new faces in the team, so trying to understand each other and play as a team is taking a while. To be honest, we needed this break. We have been working very hard lately at training to try and understand each other.”
Mosadi is adamant that the break has worked quite well for them, as they prepare to take on Free State Stars in a league encounter on Sunday. This game was meant to play on November 4, but was later postponed because both Ea Lla Koto’s venues (Goble Park and Charles Mopeli Stadium) were out of action.
“The team is looking quite good at the moment and everyone is raring to go. We are looking to turn things around when we play Stars. We have been working very hard to ensure that we are going to end this year on a good note,” he concluded.
The likes of Mpho Matsi and Geofrey Massa were some of the key players at Tuks who left the team at the beginning of the season, joining Mpumalanga Black Aces and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively.