Witsies struggle to overcome the Swaneville defense in the 21st week of the Sasol Women’s League.
The Wits Ladies Football Club fought hard to equalise 2-2 against Lusaka Ladies on August 10, at Wits Sturrock Park.
The game got off to a slow start, but eventually picked up in the 22nd minute with the first goal by Lusaka’s captain, Nobuhle Ndlovu. Wits failed to get back into the half which ended 1-0 to Lusaka.
Despite screams of “mistake” from the Lusaka side, Wits managed to equalise in the 70th minute of the game thanks to Thelma Mahlangu. Wits failed to defend a ball by Mpho Shavane, which led to Lusaka quickly securing the lead for a second time in the match. Following the 2-1 scoreline both teams were under pressure which eventually resulted in a physical altercation between the players which lasted for several minutes.
Two red cards were shown after the scuffle with Lusaka’s Keneilwe Mbaletsebe and Wits’ Nonkosi Twayise on the receiving end.
Mahlangu helped her side recover resulting in a draw through her 85th minute goal.
Wits Ladies coach, Nthabeleng Modiko told Wits Vuvuzela, “It was one of the toughest games we’ve played – tough in terms of us not doing what was expected of us … But I’ll take the draw”.
Lusaka player Lerato Lefa said the results were not what her team expected.
“We started well in the first half but by the second half things went sideways … The problem was the midfield because, if the midfield doesn’t perform it puts our defense under pressure”, Lefa told Wits Vuvuzela.
This was Wits’ second game and second draw against Lusaka in the league, the first of which, in April this year, ended goalless.
FEATURED IMAGE: Wits struggled to keep up with Lusaka’s strong defense. Photo:Gemma Gatticchi.