Ikeys channel venue anguish
3 Apr 2008
Losing the right to host the Varsity Cup final will further inspire the Ikeys to win the inaugural title.
UCT finished top of the Varsity Cup log, only losing one league fixture. They edged Pukke on the hooter at the semi-final on Monday, a feat that should have secured a home final. However, it has been confirmed the final will be staged at the Danie Craven Stadium next Monday at 6.45pm. The fact that UCT’s floodlights are not strong enough for television coverage has cost them the right to play this game at home.
“I know there was a significant student uproar over the decision, but it has been confirmed we will play in Stellenbosch,” team manager Steve Butt told keo.co.za. “We had around 8000 people here for the semi-final and it would have been great to play this match at home.”
Butt said UCT would not let this matter detract from what they need to do in Stellenbosch. Maties are the national club champs and have had the better of UCT at the Danie Craven Stadium in recent times, and it will take a special effort to beat them at home.
“We are helluva disappointed, but we won’t lose focus. If anything this will fire the guys up even more.
“We’ve had to battle throughout this competition so it won’t be anything new.”
By Jon Cardinelli