UFH Look To Turn Around Their Fortunes
University of Fort Hare Look To Turn Around Their Fortunes
University of Fort Hare coach Charles Hanyani believes the key to his team’s improvement is their ability to switch on in the early moments of the game.
UFH have endured a torrid start to Varsity Football 2017 by conceding 10 goals in the opening two rounds, which included a 7-0 drubbing from defending champions Tshwane University of Technology at home last week.
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It was disappointing for a strong crowd who had made their way to the Davidson Stadium and were clearly expecting more from the home side.
Hanyani, though, believes his team are not as far off the pace as the scorelines suggest at the moment and it is just small things that need to change.
“We looked at what went wrong in the last game. We’re not playing badly, it’s a simply a lack of focus at crucial moments especially early in the game. We need to switch on from the first whistle,” Hanyani said.
“We’re definitely working on that aspect of our game in training. Especially our communication at the back. Our vice-captain and experienced central defender Sijongesonke Peter is still out with injury, so perhaps that has led to the lack of communication at the back. But we’re working on that aspect of our game very hard in training and hopefully, there will be an improvement this week.”
The schedule does not get any easier for UFH with the Eastern Cape side making the trip down the coast to the University of Western Cape this week. UWC are smarting from a 2-1 defeat to the Central University of Technology last Thursday and will certainly be looking to get back to winnings ways.
“We have to respect UWC. They are former champions. But I don’t think we need to fear them. We had a really good game against them last year when they only equalised in the very last minute,” Hanyani said.
“I think our offensive game is also working. We watched last week’s game and we certainly created plenty of chances. I think we’re improving and if we just remain calm in that opening 10-15 minutes, I think we can put in a really good performance.”