The Blue and Gold machine will be looking for their first win following their exciting away draw against TUT Ladies a week ago, when Antonia Maponya's stoppage-time goal denied TUT a home victory.
UWC Head Coach Thinasonke Mbuli believes that her team are primed to secure all three points against Thunderbirds on Saturday afternoon. The Bushies created a number of opportunities in their SNWL opener - Snegugu Zondi and Maponya’s long strikes also proved they can score from any range.
Mbuli this week also spoke of her team’s mindset going into the clash against Thunderbirds, who won their opener and thus sit two places better off than UWC in fifth place.
”Our performance against TUT was pleasing but not the result we wanted and going into this game on Saturday we know what to do to secure our first victory. The Thunderbirds will obviously want to maintain their winning ways since they secured their first victory against Durban Ladies last weekend.
“We have to respect the opposition, but the game plan is all about us. We have the home advantage. We try to keep our players grounded, every game is important for us,” she added.
A look back at previous meetings between the two suggests an intriguing clash can be
anticipated at the ‘Operation Room’ - which due to COVID-19 regulations will be closed to spectators.
In their first SNWL meeting at this same venue in September 2019, the match ended in a 1-1
draw - UWC’s goal coming courtesy of Banyana Banyana international Khanya Xesi. Then, in the return fixture, in January 2020 at Jan Smuts Stadium in East London, the teams had to settle for a goalless encounter.
Coming back to Saturday, Mbuli's squad is set to show few changes, if any, from the team which faced TUT last Saturday.
The action will get underway at 15:00 and all match live updates will be on our social media platforms | @uwcfootball
Preview and photos courtesy Skhu Nkomphela - UWC Sport