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Match Preview: UWC vs UJ - Hollywoodbets Super League (Round 7)
UWC will be back in Hollywoodbets Super League (HSL) action on Saturday when they host long-time varsity football rivals University of Johannesburg (UJ) in a Round 7 clash.
The match is set to kick off at 15h00 at UWC Stadium and sees the ladies in Blue and Gold play consecutive home matches, and back-to-back against fellow Macron-sponsored teams, after their 4-0 thrashing of Coal City Wizards a week ago.
UWC is in fine form at the moment, winning three of their last six HSL matches, with a 1-0 loss away at top-of-the-log Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies being their only blemish. UJ, on the other hand, are still trying to find their feet this season, only winning two of their six matches to date and picking up only eight points in the process - three less than UDubs, who currently sit in fourth place on the log. 

UJ, who sit in eighth place on the Hollywoodbets Super League log, will arrive in Cape Town on the back of their own comfortable win. Last Saturday The Orange Army beat bottom-of-the-log Durban Ladies 3-1 at home to bounce back from the 1-0 loss they suffered to Golden Ladies the previous weekend. 

As it happens, will be travelling to Cape Town in search of their first win against UWC since the National Women’s League (NWL) was launched in 2019. They’ll also do so with a much-changed squad than what the UDubs are used to as their Kgabo Ditsebe added 10 new players to UJ squad for this season after only finishing eighth in the inaugural NWL season.

A look back at the teams’ previous meetings in the HSL suggests UJ will have to bring their best form to UWC Stadium - which due to COVID-19 regulations will again be closed to spectators.

In their first NWL meeting in Soweto, back in October 2019, Thinasonke Mbuli’s side handed UJ a 2-0 defeat, with two late goals from Mbaliyethu Mhlongo and Khanyisa Manengela. UJ’s last visit to the ‘Operation Room’ was in February last year, in the return fixture (pictured right), and the visitors were promptly thrashed 6-1 - courtesy of a brace by former UWC footballer Chelsea Daniels, as well as strikes by Banyana Banyana duo of Noxolo Cesane and Sibulele Holweni, and goals from Nelly Mamabolo and Khanya Xesi.

Janice Smith, who made her 2021 season debut in the last outing and promptly netted, revealed her optimism towards the upcoming games which are coming thick and fast.

“I was very happy with my first game of the season. Hopefully as a team this weekend we can build on these home wins and translate these wins to away games.”

As always, you can follow the game via UWC Football’s social media channels. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page and regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. Simply search #UWCWomensFootball or #HollywoodbetsSuperLeague on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.