UJ Coach Mandla Zwane: Anything Can Happen In Football
University of Johannesburg Coach Mandla Zwane: Anything Can Happen In Football
The beauty about Varsity Football is that any team can beat another on the day, says University of Johannesburg coach Mandla Zwane.
Just like the Absa Premiership or the English Premier League where the drama explodes, the excitement is limitless every Thursday evening when Varsity Football takes place around the country.
UJ are prime examples of the roller-coaster ride teams experience in Varsity Football with the Gauteng side having won three matches and lost two in the first five rounds. They have, though, found some sort of consistency and gathered momentum over the last two rounds by blasting seven goals past Wits (4-1) and the University of Fort Hare (3-0).
It has set the 2016 runners-up in a prime position to push for a play-off spot with UJ locked on nine points along with the University of Western Cape and the Central University of Technology, who all trail log-leaders the Tshwane University of Technology by four points.
“There are a host of teams still in the running for the semi-finals, so we know we have to be on top of our game. Every week teams drop points and then the next week they win and they’re back in it. Anything can happen in Varsity Football. Any team can beat another on the day,” Zwane said ahead of this week’s clash against North-West University.
The UJ mentor certainly believes the unpredictability of the tournament is a great attraction for the fans that flock to matches at all the venues every week.
“The spectators are awesome at all Varsity Sports. It doesn’t matter whether it's football, rugby, netball … they come out in their thousands and sing and dance and just create a great atmosphere,” Zwane said.
“We’re just out there and put on a show on this wonderful platform and try to entertain them and I think this season Varsity Football has really done that.”