Like father like son
Wade Crowie is not a free-kick specialist for the UWC Football Club, but head coach Aboobakar “Boebie” Williams insisted on Monday evening, July 21st, that he take the direct free-kick against the University of Johannesburg.
It was virtually the last kick of the game and UJ were leading 2-1 in the dying seconds of the opening Varsity Football clash at UWC Sports Stadium. The 22 year old son of football legend, Duncan Crowie - a prolific goal scorer in his days - surprised himself, his teammates and the sizeable roaring crowd when he placed the ball into the corner of the net to even the score.
“I’m not a normal free-kick taker and I didn’t expect to score,” said Crowie, a second-year BA sport science student at UWC, on Thursday. “I just saw the UJ goalkeeper (Trent Harrison) in one corner and decided to try my luck and go for the other corner. And the ball went in,” he noted in excitement.
Crowie is a central midfielder for FC Tygerberg in the South African Football Association (SAFA) Second Division/ ABC Motsepe League, which is the third tier football league in the country. He came onto the field on Monday with just five minutes remaining on the clock, when the score was 1-1.
The coach, Crowie revealed, had instructed him to slow things down and see the game out as a draw. However, minutes later UJ seemed to have sealed the victory when they scored in the 90thminute. The UWC team was so saddened about it – until Crowie’s goal sent the UWC community into a jubilant frenzy.
“We celebrated as if we had won the game. The goal and the outcome of the game has lifted the team spirit. Even now the mood in the camp is high. We are going into the next game much more confident than we would have if we had lost the game.”
Crowie was not part of the UWC team that placed sixth in the inaugural Varsity Football last year, but decided to be part of the team this season after he saw the opportunities that the competition opens for rising footballers. He believes that UWC has a good chance to do well and at least make it to the semi-finals.
Crowie is the last born of a sport-oriented family. In addition to his dad who was a professional football player and coach, his mother was an athlete and his two siblings have studied sport-related programmes.
He encouraged other students to get involved in sport. “There is enough time in the day to do both sport and studies, so there are no excuses.”
Crowie appealed to the UWC community to continue supporting the team, and vowed that the lads will do everything in their power to make the supporters proud.