Dominant performances by University of Johannesburg have them in a good position to challenge for the Varsity Football title when they face Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria tomorrow.
The women’s team, coached by Jabulile Baloyi, got off to a strong start in Potchefstroom when they defeated University of Pretoria 3-1 and North-West University 3-1 on Thursday and Friday respectively.
Their third-round meeting with University of Western Cape ended in a 0-0 draw, but their previous results had already secured them a spot in the semifinals.
There they faced University of Cape Town in what turned out to be a one-sided affair, leaving the Western Cape side hanging their heads after Katlego Mabuza, Beauty Kekana and Precious Matabologa (two goals) contributed to their 4-0 defeat.
Mabuza’s performance in the semis earned her the player of the match and best shot awards and showed why she was chosen for the U20 national side.
Led by captain Thato Letsoso, Baloyi said their improvement since last year was clear and, since winning their opening match, they had not looked back.
“We did well to win our first game and it worked as a sort of ice-breaker for us. After that we took each game as it came because our goal was to do better than last year.”
The 38-year-old from Phiri in Soweto said they would now aim to build on their performances ahead of the final.
“As a team we do create a lot of chances but we still need to make sure we keep our cool, don’t panic and convert more of the chances we create.”
Baloyi praised their current conversion rate but added forward movement against UCT would be crucial if they were to reclaim the title they last won in 2014.
She said their hard work and dedication had come to the fore and there was an obvious drive to lift the trophy.
“We’ve had player of the match and shot of the match for many of the games we’ve played. We’ve really risen to the occasion and played as a team every time we’ve stepped onto the field,” said the proud coach.