Wits Have Got Nothing To Lose
Wits captain Hope Munyai says that all of the pressure will be on hosts UWC in their Varsity Football semifinal on Thursday.
Having snuck into the play-offs in fourth place through a victory at home against bottom-placed WSU last week, Wits know that if they manage to beat UWC then they will travel to Tshwane to play either UP-Tuks or TUT in the final.
However, the Johannesburg outfit's away record has been impressive this season and they have hit form at the right time with victories against UP-Tuks and VUT on the road before going on to finish the regular season with another win over WSU.
It is the first time that Wits have qualified for the semifinals, but Munyai says that he always knew his team had it in them.
"We knew from the start of the season that we had a good team, it was just a matter of time before it all came together. We have been working well for each other," he said.
Munyai said that confidence is high in the Wits squad after their recent run of form, and they will be looking to pile more pressure on UWC whose fans will be expecting a win after they finished the league phase on top of the standings.
"We are going to treat it like any other game, UWC will be under pressure as they are playing at home and they finished top of the log, they deserved to be there.
"They have proved that they are a good side so we know it is not going to be easy, it should be a close match," he said.
Wits are travelling down to Cape Town Wednesday and are going to do their best to adapt to the expected wind and rain.
"We are going to get down there as early as possible so that we can adjust to the conditions because wind and rain has been predicted.
"We played there at USSA champs in 2012 so we know the pitch and we have guys who have played in the township so we can't complain about a bumpy pitch, both teams have to play on the same surface," he said.
Munyai knows that UWC will fight to the end, and is expecting an absolute dogfight.
"UWC are a very compact team and they have a great team spirit, we have to try and stretch them but both sides will be going out for the win," he added.