The message from UWC in the 2023 Women’s Varsity Football tournament is clear – “We are going for gold”.
The Cape-based side is still licking its wounds after finishing runners-up in last year's edition following their defeat to UJ in the final. Thinasonke Mbuli's side went down 3-5 on penalties.
"We aim to regain the championship. We are aiming for the title this year. We lifted the cup in 2021, we were runners-up in 2022 and we cannot go back from here", says UWC midfielder Tiffany Kortjie.
"One of the main mistakes we tend to make is that we don't use our chances early. This year it will be different, from defensive to attacking. We will be using all opportunities we have to correct our mistakes while fighting for the top spot."
The 20-year-old BA Admin student believes the team can fight hard and their spirit will be the force in winning this year's cup. She says she knows what is expected from her as she aims to work hard to improve her game.
"We’ve been training hard for this tournament, it is important to us. We are ready to showcase that and show South Africa that we belong at the top. The first year I played for UWC in Varsity Football we won the tournament and that is one of my goals, to help my team and do the best I can to win the championship again.”
Kortjie also praises Banyana Banyana's achievement at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
"Proud is an understatement, they have been doing so well. It just shows the upcoming stars that goals and great heights like that are possible to reach."
Defenders: Njabulo Mtshali, Sinegugu Zondi, Fikile Magama, Zikhona Nogqala, Thimna Mpehle, Lonathemba Mhlongo.
Midfielders: Thembelihle Zulu, Bonang Mothoeng, Katlego Mabuza, Khanyisa Manengela, Asange Nake, Bongeka Gamede, Lindokuhle Gladile.
Forwards: Tiffany Kortjie, Nabeelah Galant, Chelsea Daniels, Andiswa Mthethwa.
Goalkeepers: Siphesihle Dlamini, Thandeka Ngcobo.
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by Ayanda Frances Felem