The University of Johannesburg women’s soccer team are intent on defending their crown when the University Sport South Africa tournament is held at Wits in Johannesburg from December 2 to 6.
The squad won last year’s tournament in Port Elizabeth and even though they have had to make allowances because of examinations, coach Jabulile Baloyi said they were looking forward to the challenge.
“We are hoping that the experience gained in the National Women’s League will help our confidence,” she said.
“We have a squad with some talented young players, while Amanda Mthandi’s experience of playing in this year’s World Cup will be a huge boost.”
The men’s team will be aiming to ensure a top-eight finish to help them qualify for next year’s Varsity Football tournament.
“We have a squad in which many players will be making their first USSA appearances, so we understand that it will be a tough week,” said UJ football manager Joel Kgokong.
“We will be relying on the experience and skill of players such as Dane Fortuin, Tebogo Mandyu and Alan Mabuza to help us reach our objectives.”
The men’s and women’s competitions will comprise 16 teams divided into four pools. They will each play three pool matches, with the top two teams from each section qualifying for the quarterfinal play-offs.