Wits football players ready to play in Zimbabwe.

Three Wits football players will be representing South Africa at the Conference of University and College Sport Association (CUCSA) in Zimbabwe next month.


READY TO RUMBLE: From left Sibusiso Maphanga, Mahle Mtabane and Tshireletso Geeorge Motsogi                                                                                                                    Photo: Wendy Mothata

Third-year BA student Mahle Mtabane, a mid-fielder, said he is excited about the opportunity. “I’m pleased to play against other countries and to be representing my country”, said Mtabane.  This is the second time Mtabane has been selected for CUCSA.


I’m hoping to learn from this experience, to create friendships.

Tshireletso George Motsogi, third-year BSc, a defender, said he is excited and ready to wear his nation’s colours. “I’m hoping to learn from this experience, to create friendships and better myself as a football player,” said Maphanga.


The captain of the Wits Football Club (WFC) and striker, Sibusiso Maphanga, said his family has been supportive in his football career. “This has been very motivational and I feel honoured to represent the nation and most importantly to develop my intellectual skills,” said Maphanga, currently studying for a BSc Honours.

Obviously the players selected are some of the best.


The WFC coach Karabo Mogudi, who will be coaching the men’s football team at CUCSA said that the performance of the three players is pleasing. “Obviously the players selected are some of the best in the country in their respective positions and they had the ability to acclimatise quickly with their peers in a

team setting”, said Mogudi.

The CUCSA takes place every two years and is considered to be the student football Olympics of the regional block of Southern Africa. The 18th edition of the tournament takes place between from August 1 and 6.