The University of Johannesburg women’s soccer team were crowned University Sport South Africa champions for the second year in a row at Wits in Johannesburg last week.
After winning in Port Elizabeth last year, UJ defeated University of Western Cape in a penalty shootout to retain the title. The score was 0-0 after fulltime.
In a memorable week for UJ, the men’s team finished third after narrowly losing out on a place in the final. They defeated Vaal University of Technology 1-0 in the bronze medal play-off.
This means they have qualified for the Varsity Football tournament next year.
UJ women’s coach Jabulile Baloyi said they had adopted the slogan “TEAM” in their quest for success – “Together Everyone Achieves More”.
Their success, she added, was all about putting in maximum effort to get positive results.
“We had the right attitude and to that we added hard work, determination and ensuring that we played for the team.
“We went into each fixture with a clear goal of how we wanted to approach the game.”
She added that retaining the title had been dependent on contributions by everyone in the squad.
“I don’t want to mention names, but just to illustrate what I mean is that one player came on at halftime against Rhodes and scored five goals.”
However, she did single out Dineo Magagula, who was named goalkeeper of the tournament.
“In the final she stepped up and made a lot of saves, including stopping a penalty. She received the best goalkeeper award for the second time.”
UJ soccer manager Joel Kgokong said he was excited with the results they had achieved.
“For both the teams to do so well and to end in the top eight was very good,” he said.
“The men’s team finishing third was a big improvement from last year and we will build on that to perform even better next year.
“The women’s team objective was to successfully defend the title and keep the glory days at UJ.
“I’m very proud the teams ended the year on such a high note.”