It will be a clash of the titans when UWC Ladies Football Club takes on arch rivals, Cape Town Roses, in the SAFA Cape Town Coca-Cola Cup final at 13h00, Philippi Stadium on Saturday, 12 October 2013.
The game, taking place at Philippi Stadium, will decide whether Roses still rule women’s football in Cape Town, or whether UDubs ladies football has really arrived. The two sides have already met twice in the Sasol League this season, with UWC winning 3-1 in the first round, and losing the second-round match by the same score line.
Roses of Gugulethu are on course to defend their Sasol League title, comfortable on top of the standings with just a few games remaining. UDubs, on the other hand, can take comfort in having successfully defended their University Sport South Africa (USSA) Western Cape Football title this year.
Saturday’s game will be a repeat of last year’s Coca-Cola Cup final. On that occasion, Roses beat UWC Ladies 3-1. However, UWC captain, Vuyo Mkhabela, believes it will be pay-back time this time around.
“They have been hammering us all these years, and snatched the Sasol League from right under our noses,” Mkhabela says. “But now everyone in the team is psyched for the Coke final. This is where we can heal our wounds from losing the Sasol league”.
Although both teams are in fine form, Mkhabela believes UWC has an edge over their opponents, given that they have more Banyana Banyana players [including ex-Roses player Leandra Smeda] in their ranks than Roses.
“We deserve the Coke Cup. We really worked hard this year and we have been under such pressure because everyone expected us to win something.”
UWC Ladies head coach, Nathan Peskin, agrees. “We have a big score to settle against Roses. We lost against them in the (Coke) final last year, but this year is a different ball game. We have a different squad and we have already proven that we can beat Roses,” says Peskin.
It's not just a contest of pure skill, though.
Peskin goes on to say, “We had a look at Roses and have put together a plan that will cause them big problems. I’m confident that we will turn the tables on Saturday. It will be a battle, but a battle that we can win.”