The women’s varsity football final is set to take place on Saturday 19 August and it will be déjà vu as UJ face UWC in a repeat of last year’s final. The two football powerhouses were very evenly matched last year where the title was decided on penalties after ending scoreless in regulation time. It was the orange army who triumphed and lifted the trophy when they won 5-3 on penalties making it the second time they claimed the title after having first won it in 2013. UWC will no doubt be looking for revenge while the defending champions will want to make a statement that last year wasn’t a fluke.
“Last year we won the title so we are definitely working hard to defend it. We want the trophy to remain in our cabinet and that's all we are focused on. We want to continue dominating with our style of play and limit mistakes in our game. We want to win the 2023 Varsity Women’s Football title.” says UJ Head Coach Nthabeleng Modiko.
While UJ have reached the final unbeaten, UWC head coach Thinasonke Mbuli says they didn’t start well after losing their first game, but managed to pick up two wins and qualify for the knockout stage. They beat group B log leaders Tuks to advance to the final.
Her expectations for the final echo that feeling. “We play with UJ a lot of times in a season [Hollywood Bets league/varsity football/USSA club champs] and always it’s a tough game, just like in our 1st game of this year’s edition. For the final we must just minimise our mistakes and try to convert our chances.”
Here are the head to head stats.
ROAD TO THE FINAL
UJ Beat UWC 2-1 Beat TUT 1-3 Beat DUT 4-0 Beat Wit 3-0 (semi-final)
UWC Lost to UJ 2-1 Beat DUT 4-1 Beat TUT 5-1 Beat Tuks 0-1 (semi-final)
Lusanda Mavundla (UJ) – 5
Chelsea Daniels (UWC) – 3
UJ – Champions in 2013 and 2022
UWC – Champions in 2021 and made the finals for the last 4 tournament
Saturday’s final will kick off at 11:00 and be broadcast on SuperSport.