With a bit of polishing, DUT are relying on the programme they have in place to carry them through the 2023 Women’s Varsity Football season.
DUT team manager Xolisile Mnikathi says while their preparations may not have been ideal, they are ready for the challenge.
“We participated in a league with some of our players picking up injuries, so it has not been an easy task but with the programme [we have in place], not much was needed, just a bit of polishing with technicality and the mindset of the players.”
According to Mnikathi they are realistic about their expectations in 2023.
“We are looking to amend our previous mistakes and try by all means to sustain throughout the tournament and hopefully come out with pleasing results.”
He is however excited about the prospects of a few exciting new players that have joined the team.
“Nokwanda Xulu is a competitive football player with an understanding of Varsity Football as she has participated twice before. Zime Buthelezi is also a young player with potential, she knows how to move with the ball and her ability adds value to the team.
“The new exciting player to watch will be Siphokazi Bhengu as she is very good on the ball, she has an idea of what is needed from the player, is very aggressive and protects the ball very well. Sanelisiwe Mjoka is also one of the new players this year and she is doing well in the Sasol League. Wandile Dladla looks tiny but when she holds the ball on her feet definitely you will get something, a fast and skilful player.”
The exposure to Varsity Football is good for the growth of the sport, says Mnikathi.
“Having more sponsors coming on board shows growth and development in women in football. Varsity Football has developed international players and for the upcoming players that makes them more excited to play at such a tournament. It also makes people believe that education and sport go together.”
Defenders: Gugulethu Mdladla, Sanelisiwe Gladness Mjoka, Ongeziwe Nandipha Masango, Amanda Aliah Shelembe, Melokuhle Gxumisa, Mpelasonto Precious Gwamanda, Amukeliswa Ngubane
Midfielders: Zime Amahle Buthelezi, Nokwanda Pamela Xulu, Kholeka Sphokazi Bhengu, Simphiwe Snethemba Fakude.
Forwards: Angel Francisca Ncalane, Thandolwethu Xulu, Xolile Duma, Xoliswa Ngubane, Wandile Nature Dladla, Mbali Ntozakhe.
Goalkeepers: Sanele Sihle Mnisi, Thandeka Pretty Shabangu.
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