UWC football champions – again
The results speak for themselves. UWC soccer players are the kings and queens of football in the Western Cape tertiary arena.
The women and men from the university defended their University Sport South Africa (USSA) Western Cape Football titles for a fourth consecutive year. In the process, UWC Ladies FC and Bushie Boys dominated their opponents: the women’s team scored 65 goals and conceded just two in ten games, while their male counterparts remained unbeaten throughout the season.
The two clubs played their last USSA games on 9 October, with Bushie Boys hammering Cape Peninsula University of Technology 3-0, while UWC Ladies suffered their first loss when they went down 1-0 to the same opponents.
Now, UWC will test their ability against the best universities in the country when they take part in the club championships late in this year.
Jerry Laka, UWC football administrator, attributes UWC’s consistently good performance to the high quality of its technical staff, as well as the commitment and dedication of players.
“We have beefed up our coaching staff, and our players have always shown a desire to win,” Laka comments, adding that additional stimulus was provided by the opportunity to participate in the club championships as well as in the Varsity Football competition, in which the top eight teams in the club championships compete.
UWC Ladies coach, Nathan Peskin, says the arrival over the last few years of top players who play for the senior national team, Banyana Banyana, has boosted his team and given them the edge over their rivals.
“And the girls seem to always perform well,” says Peskin.
Captain Vuyo Mkhabela believes that USSA league has been a “walk in the park” compared to the Sasol League and the Coca-Cola Cup.
Bushie Boys coach, Scara Matiwane, notes that the USSA league has helped to prepare his team tactically, physically and emotionally for the up-coming club championships.
“Going without a loss in the USSA league has brought back a winning mentality amongst players, and the spirit is high in the team,” Matiwane says. “That is a good atmosphere, as the club championships will be tougher this year because everyone wants to play in the Varsity Football tournament next year. But I can assure you that we are a better team than the side that took part in this year’s Varsity Football. (UWC finished sixth in the eight-team Varsity Football competition).”
Matiwane’s captain, Basikelele Mdletye, promises fans that they will maintain their winning momentum in the next competition, and says that the whole team is looking forward to it.