Zwane On UJ Taking The Tough Road
Mandla Zwane On University Of Johannesburg Taking The Tough Road
The University of Johannesburg coach Mandla Zwane was exasperated after his team’s Varsity Football home defeat to North-West University.
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UJ were in a prime position to seal a semi-final spot with two rounds to play, but now they find themselves in a bun-fight to reach the playoffs. The Gauteng side has just one league match remaining against the University of Western Cape.
The 3-0 thrashing that NWU inflicted has left Zwane scratching his head.
“We froze man! We just froze,” says the UJ mentor. “We showed the boys all the videos before the game. All the permutations if we win the game and what happens if we lose. There was a high road and low road. We’ve now chosen the low road.
Last season’s runners-up currently have 9 points from six matches, which leaves them in the fifth position, but UWC, who are currently in fourth place also on 9 points, have a played a game less than their Highveld rivals. Zwane believes NWU “just wanted it more” but he’s not ready to give up on his charges just yet.
“We know it’s a must-win game against UWC now. It’s that simple. We have a habit of making life difficult for ourselves. But it all comes down to who wants it more now.
“We also know UWC enjoy playing at home. They like the cold and the wind there in Bellvile, but they need to come up here to us now. That’s going to be an entirely different challenge. We know what’s at stake, so we’ll be ready for them.”
UJ will be hoping that UWC will be a little bit rusty as the boys from Cape Town would have had a virtual two-week break before their all-important clash. UWC’s last match was a 4-2 defeat to Tshwane University of Technology last Monday, where after their Round Five clash against UP-Tuks was postponed until the 11 September due to the opposition having players involved at the World Student Games.