UWC ready to change their fortunes
After a stuttering start to their Varsity Football Challenge campaign, UWC has vowed to up the ante and go all out when they meet the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in their next home game on Monday 29 July.
The University Sport South Africa (USSA) Western Cape champions suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at UWC Stadium in their opening encounter last Monday.
After a hard-fought first half, the two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0. The visitors had a few shots on target, but UWC managed to respond by creating opportunities of their own, with Xolisa Sigenu and Curtley Beukes coming close to scoring.
However, two goals by NMMU’s Niven Kops and Leroy van Rensburg in the second half changed the game complexion and ensured that the visitors collected the maximum three points on a chilly evening.
According to UWC captain Basikelele Mdletye, the loss is now water under the bridge, and that it will be a whole new ball game come Monday.
“We were in control of the game [against NMUU] in the first half, but lost concentration in the second stanza and conceded two silly goals,” the towering goalkeeper recalls.
Mdletye says they have corrected those mistakes in training this week, and his team will focus on their strong points of dishing out carpet football.
UWC assistant coach, Luciano Mgwali, ongratulated NMMU for playing “a competitive game”, and blamed a combination of injuries and careless mistakes at crucial moments to have cost them the game.
But Mgwali is optimistic that his charges will bounce back.
“I believe we will come back; not all is lost. We’ve worked to rectify our mistakes.”
Meanwhile TUT have proved to be a force to be reckoned with in this inaugural Varsity Football Challenge. They produced the biggest shock of the tournament thus far when they downed USSA national champions, Tuks from the University of Pretoria, 4-1 in their opening match. By all measures, the next game will not be a walk in the park for the Bellville-based UWC, and the team will be stretched to the limit.