Wits FC goalkeeper during the team's training . Photo by: Ayanda Mgede

The Wits FC goalkeeper reaches for the ball during the team’s training. Photo: Ayanda Mgede

Wits remains hopeful about the Varsity Football final even after losing their opening game against TUT on Monday night.

The Wits Football Club (Wits FC), began their campaign in the annual Varsity Football tournament on a bad footing on Monday but say they are still gunning for the finals.

The Braamfontein ensemble played their opening game against Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) at the TUT Stadium but suffered a 2-1 loss. The presence of Wits’ two talismans, Saluleko Mathonsi and Graeme Dor, in the starting 11 was not enough for the Witsies to collect maximum points in Pretoria.

This is not Wits’ first time in the tournament; they managed to reach the semi-finals in 2015 but were knocked out of the competition by the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Coach Karabo Mogudi told Wits Vuvuzela about the difficulties the team may face in its pre-drawn games, with four of them being away from home. Mogudi, however, said that the team was hopeful it could overcome all obstacles this season.

“We have gained some experience during our years of playing in the tournament and we can’t say that we are here to just show face. Obviously we want to go to the finals,” said Mogudi.

Wits will play their next game against current Varsity Football champions, UWC, on July 25th at the Wits Stadium.