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NWU Need To Be More Clinical In Front Of Goal

North West University Need To Be More Clinical In Front Of Goal

By Soccer Laduma - Aug 23, 2017 06:31 PM

If each Premier Soccer League coach had a dollar for every goal one of their strikers missed they would probably be very rich men.

It seems the same goes for Varsity Football captains with North-West University skipper Sandile Mbatha loathing his team’s efforts in front of goal in their last match against UWC when the side from Mafikeng was defeated 4-0 in Bellville.

The red card Johannes Matlhanyane suffered, and in the process giving away a penalty, also had a major impact on the match. 

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“After that dramatic loss we need to impose ourselves,” Mbatha said. “I really think the game would have been different if we had converted our early chances.”

Mbatha believes his team will be much calmer in front of their passionate home supporters when they face Central University on Thursday. It’s a crucial match for NWU as they will not be keen to lose two matches on the trot after sitting on top of the Varsity Football log after the opening three rounds.

“It is going to be great to go back home. Our fans really motivate us,” he said. “CUT also a play a similar style to us. They like to keep the ball at their feet. UWC never allowed us to play our football, we couldn’t adapt. 

“We are ready for the game. The conditions will also be far better. We know we need all three points and we’re going all out to get them.” 

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NWU are currently in third place with seven points but can be overtaken by CUT, who are two places further back but only one point adrift on the log.

CUT, meanwhile, will also be looking to bounce back from their 2-0 home defeat to defending champions Tshwane University of Technology in a windswept Bloemfontein last week. 


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