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UJ's Wisdom On The Rise

UJ defender Wisdom Mathebula has gone from residence soccer to playing in front of massive crowds and television cameras in just six months.
 
The second year Business Management student played in the internal league at UJ last year and attended coach Bradley Carnell's trials at the start of this year hopeful of being noticed.
 
He is now one of the vital cogs in an unbeaten UJ side that currently tops the table in their debut Varsity Football season, and learning all the time from former Bafana Bafana defender Carnell.
 
"It has been a huge step up, I never expected to be playing on tv. It has been a lot of hard work at training and trust in me from Bradley to get here," he said.
 
The UJ defence has been rock solid in the opening five rounds, conceding just four goals - all of which have come from set-pieces.
 
Mathebula was at pains to stress that it is a team effort, and credited the influence of Carnell as crucial to their defensive discipline.
 
"We defend as a team, it is not about me. Our coach used to be a defender and he has taught us a lot about discipline - both on and off the field - that is why we are getting the results," he said.
 
Mathebula will be on the big stage once more next week when UJ travel to Mafikeng to take on the attack-minded NWU at their home fortress, but he says they will be treating it like any other game.
 
"It is always a challenge as all of the teams try to attack you in this competition. We are treating it like a normal game, we just have to keep our discipline and our defensive shape.
 
"We are looking forward to it and preparing very carefully. We are focused on being mentally and physically ready. We are going there to fight," he warned.
 

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