The team will participate in the USSA Championships in December to determine their participation in the next Varsity Football championship.
Wits Football Club did not only finish the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Championships in the middle of the log last year, but ended their chances of playing in the 2019 Varsity Football which started on Thursday, July 25.
Varsity Football consists of the top eight teams on the USSA log from the previous year. Wits finished in 10th position out of 20 teams in the A section of the competition.
The team managed to make it all the way to Varsity Football finals last year but lost out to Tshwane University of Technology.
Wits Football coach Mark Haskins told Wits Vuvuzela that it took his team the entire year to accept the mistakes they made last year but they are ready for the upcoming games. “We will be greatly focused for the next USSA championships in December,” the coach said.
Midfielder Salukelo Mathonsi who has been with Wits FC for the past four years said the team is ready for the tournament.
“We are more prepared this year. We are focusing on the USSA championships,” Mathonsi said.
Despite their dismal performance in the championships, some members of the team were fortunate to get some international experience. Two players from the team formed part of the USSA national squad that participated in the 30th Summer Universiade (world university games), earlier in July in Italy.
“It was a great opportunity for most players who have never played outside South Africa, and it will add a different perspective in their football careers and the way they view the world,” Haskins said.
The team also participated 2019 World Elite University Football Tournament in China earlier this month. Wits FC lost 1- 0 in the final to German side Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
Wits University will host the USSA Championships in December this year.
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