University of Johannesburg football captain Dane Fortuin said he was ready to lead by example as the team prepare for their next Varsity Football match against University of the Western Cape on Thursday.
After the team’s recent loss against North-West University, Fortuin said the upcoming match was a “must-win” and he hoped to lead by example after reports after their last game were less than complimentary.
“After last week, I read things that said poor performance reflect poor leadership, so I think it can be turned around to say good performance reflects good leadership,” he said.
The team will need to work together if they are to stand any chance of getting through to the semifinals and the centre back said it would be anything but easy when they met UWC for the fifth time since 2015.
“It is a must-win for us. We’re both on nine points, so, whichever team win it, will go through.”
They have experienced little success against the Bellville-based team over the past two years, losing three times and drawing once, and Fortuin said he expected the upcoming clash to be “a battle”.
“I think it’s going to be war and we’re prepared for the fight. Basically, if we want to go through, it’s up to us to win it so it’s very exciting,” said the 22-year-old.
The third-year law student from Westdene said the home game would be an advantage that they would look to make the most of as UWC had not lost a match in Cape Town during this year’s Varsity Football campaign.
“I think that’s going to be the deciding factor. The home ground and home crowd is going to play a very big role.”
Having won and lost three times, the centre-back said the tournament had been filled with ups and downs and they were looking to deliver more consistent performances.
He acknowledged the team had some work to do after their recent loss, but said the focus and determination in the camp was apparent.
“It’s all about the preparation this week and just focusing on what we have to do; the tactics and making sure we can carry it through to Thursday at home.”