UWC geared-up for Varsity Football
The University of the Western Cape (UWC) men’s football club is counting on home-ground advantage and experience to carry them through when they host the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in their opening match of the inaugural Varsity Football Challenge on Monday 22 July 2013.
Venue: UWC Sports Stadium
Date: Monday 22 July 2013.
Time: Kick off is at 19h00
The Varsity Football Challenge, sanctioned by the South African Football Association and the University Sport South Africa (USSA), is the latest addition to the popular Varsity Sports initiative, organised by the University Sports Company (a conglomerate of South African universities) and its exclusive service provider, Advent Sport Entertainment and Marketing.
It follows the success earlier this year of Varsity Athletics and Varsity Hockey, and that of Varsity 7’s rugby and Varsity Beach Volleyball, which were launched in 2012.
The new soccer competition will pit UWC against the seven other best male university teams around the country in a format designed to boost the sport at tertiary level and provide a breeding ground for exciting new soccer talent.
UWC are the reigning champions of the USSA Football Western Cape, and boast a number of talented players, with some of them having played or currently playing at Vodacom and First Division levels. These include captain and president of the Students’ Representative Council, Lwando Mdleleni, Robin Swartz, Rodwill Bezuidenhout, Thando Ziwele and Cleo Pokpas.
Team manager Siyabulela Maqanda said his team’s aim is at least to reach the final of the competition.
“We have the potential to reach the final, have prepared very well and our players are motivated to compete,” Maqanda commented.
There will be fun for fans, too. During the first half of the match, 20 “Ultimate Fans” will be selected at random. Each will receive a Varsity Sports wrist band, and at half time they will be given the chance to “shoot for a shirt” by taking a shot at goal – the successful kicks will mean a free Varsity Sports Football T-shirt.