UJ Progress Delights Carnell
UJ coach, Bradley Carnell, has lauded his team for landing a home semi-final after ending top of the standings in their first season of Varsity Football.
The Johannesburg students’ coach heaped praise on his players for their sterling form which has seen them end the round-robin stage of the tournament unbeaten.
On Monday, UJ played UL to a 1-1 draw at Bunting Road Sports Complex in match which Carnell described as a frustrating encounter.
“I’m very happy with my players. They have done a superb job in their debut season. We’re unbeaten and we set to get a semi-final and we’ve gone a step further in securing the advantage of it being at home, so I’m very happy,” the delighted coach said.
UL struggled to find winning form this term and are now out of the tournament after producing three draws from seven games, but Carnell admits the visitors gave UJ a hard time last night.
“We dominated the possession, but they closed us down well and didn’t allow the game to open up. They did well to frustrate us but it wasn’t a physical game. It was more tactical,” he said.
The former Bafana Bafana defender says he is also pleased that all the goals score against UJ have come from set-pieces.
“We have not conceded in open play and that shows excellent form. Most of the goals have been from direct free-kicks, a penalty and a corner, so we’ll work on our defence, not conceding free-kicks and our goalkeeping,” Carnell added.
UJ have a break from academic activities this week which gives the players time to unwind and prepare well for their semi-final clash against UFS-Kovsies next week.
The table-toppers also face NWU-Vaal in a USSA qualifier tonight (Tuesday).