SOCCER: Wits men lose to neighbours UJ

The Wits Football Club Men’s side suffered a blow after losing 1-0 to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Tuesday evening.

The winning goal was struck by Lindani Mazibuko after a set piece that had been awarded to UJ due to an unfair tackle on one of their players in the first 35 minutes of the game.

The first match of the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Gauteng Football League saw UJ dominating in the first half of the game. UJ head coach Bradley Carnell explained it was a “calculated approach from the team” to ensure that they play well enough to win the first game of the season.

The combination of Treasure Dlamini, Tshepo Tolo, Sadro Claro and Tebogo Mandy made for entertaining viewing as they attacked the Wits defense coming from the left side of the park in the first half of the match.

With the beginning of the second half, the game seemed to even out with both teams attacking equally.

Wits pushed forward with a good offense but missed a few goal chances.

“They will improve as in the last 15 mins the boys were starting to cramp and stuff so not really lack of fitness but really lack real competitive match fitness.”

The Wits combination of Ayanda Makua and Gift Baloyi kept the pressure on the opposition’s defense, but UJ rose to the occasion by ensuring that Wits could not break them down completely.

In a counter attack at 50 minutes, Dlamini missed two perfect scoring opportunities in order to extend their lead by hitting the crossbar and side bar in less than a minute.

The last 20 minutes of the game saw Wits attacking UJ steadily but despite the team’s efforts and the fans’ singing, the match ended 1-0.

Wits coach Karabo Mogudi acknowledged that UJ had been playing in other competitive tournaments and that gave them an advantage in Tuesday’s game.

Mogudi added that Wits failed to achieve a competitive edge due to a lack of “real competitive match fitness”.

The Wits women’s and men’s teams are set to play against the Tshwane University of Technology on the 17th of March 2015 at Bidvest Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

 

WITH VIDEO: Wits ladies long for revenge

Wits ladies football coach,  Jabulile Baloyi, believes that in 2014 her team will conquer their demons. That includes, even if only incidentally, avenging Wits Rugby’s crushing loss to University of Johannesburg (UJ) last night.

With both round and oval balls, Wits’ teams have struggled against their orange-clad neighbours, making a trip to Kingsway Avenue a traumatic one for any Witsie with an ounce of kudu blood in their veins.

Baloyi’s ladies lost home and away to UJ in the 2013 Gauteng Football League (GFL) including a 5-0 drubbing at home, and consequently failed to qualify for national play-offs.

The coach is confident though that things will go differently this year. The former Banyana Banyana vice-captain said she would be pushing her “talented” team harder this year in search of silverware, and the pride that comes with it.

Many Witsies are almost certainly relishing a rare opportunity for bragging rights, in any sporting code, whatever the shape of the ball, against our local nemesis.