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TUT eager to clinch 7th Women’s Varsity Football title

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

After failing to clinch the title in the previous two seasons, former champions TUT are eager to add to their growing tally when the 2023 Women’s Varsity Football competition kicks off on Friday 11 August.

The Pretoria-based side last tasted success in 2019 when they won their sixth consecutive title.

TUT will begin their campaign in a repeat of last year’s opening fixture when they take on DUT at home at the TUT Stadium.


Head coach Christina Kutumelasays they are not taking anything for granted.


“We begin our campaign against DUT again, but we are not taking advantage of that we beat them 5-0 last year. This is a different season and team, we will treat it like a final and take every game seriously.


“Our preparations are going well, we have five players from last year’s squad and they will add a lot of experience. We are determined and hungry to make it through the semi-finals, we are ball-orientated and good players who are willing to take the team to a different stage.”


The Red Army is one of the most feared sides in the tournament and they come into this season high in confidence as this year’s edition of the Women’s Varsity Football will be hosted on their home turf.

“The fact that this tournament will be hosted at home, is a huge boost. We are honoured, this is an opportunity for us to do well. Having fans on our side will boost our confidence for us to get to the level where we could’ve achieved last year if we did not lose concentration and conceded that last-minute goal against UWC,” says Kutumela.


Kutumela also hailed Banyana Banyana for their success at the FIFA Women’s World Cup [making it to the round of 16] with former TUT player Hildah Magaia playing a key role in the Banyana camp.

“We’ve been longing for it for a very long time, look at where they are now. Their success boosts us to do better.”


SQUAD LIST:


Defenders: Glanny Mafikeng, Tsholofelo Hope Ngako, Dineo Sharol Ramaoka, Nokuthula Clodia Tshuma, Lungile Luyanda Mandlazi, Paballo Chela


Midfielders: Bophelo Mmatli, Snethemba Perfect Manzini, Lesego Lindokuhle Molewa, Asanda Nicoline Msuthu, Tshogofatso Akhila Motlogelwa, Tracey Sibuyi, Nicole Mohlala, Noluthando Yvonne Hlatswayo, Nosihle Shezi, Lerato Silinda


Forwards: Khothatso Lerooibaki, Wandile Maluleka, Naledi Mamello Thakanye, Nelia Tembe, Yolisa Ntsabo


Goalkeepers: Nelly Lungile Nhlapho, Mapula Felicity Khumalo


Full fixture lists HERE.


For information on tickets, click HERE.

By Lehlogonolo Ditshego

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