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DUT aim to improve on a winless debut campaign


DUT are preparing for their second Women’s Varsity Football campaign and hopes to improve on last year’s performance.

The team from the Durban University of Technology lost all three group-stage games in 2021 and conceded 17 goals, while only finding the back of the net twice themselves.


DUT are again in Group A with six-time champions Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria Tuks and Wits University. Their first match is against TUT, who beat them 7-0 last year, but coach new Siyabonga Mthembu is hopeful the side can improve on last year’s campaign.

“We aim to improve from last year’s results and display without putting pressure on our players,” Mthembu told Varsity Football.

“We believe in team collective rather than individual praises. Our team is full of dedicated players who understand the task at hand.”

PLAYER TO WATCH

Nokwanda Xulu – The team’s captain is expected to showcase her great leadership skills. The attacking midfielder has shown great growth on and off the field, her coaches state.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • DUT made their Sasol League debut last year.

  • DUT qualified for Varsity Football through the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament last year.

TEAM FACT FILE

Nickname: FC Angels

Province: KwaZulu-Natal

Appearances: 2021

2022 SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Sanele Mnisi, Samukelisiwe Shezi

Defenders: Gugulethu Mdladla, Amanda Shelembe, Andiswa Mfeka, Zama Pretty Ngcobo, Ongeziwe Masango

Midfielders: Sinethemba Simelane, Mpelasonto Gwamanda, Zime Buthelezi, Angel Ncalane, Ziyanda Sikakane, Nokwanda Xulu (captain), Nompilo Msomi, Nozibusiso Mjoli

Forwards: Xolisisle Duma, Nontobeko Ndlovu, Hlengiwe Zuma, Ntombifikile Ndlovu, Nokwazi Sibiya, Sbahle Ndlovu

TECHNICAL TEAM

Head coach: Siyabonga Mthembu

Assistant coach: Zamokuhle Dlamini

Assistant coach: Andile Mavundla

Goalkeeper coach: Tondo Mzobe

Team manager: Zethembe Sikhakhane

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