UWC coach Salie Adams has cited the lack of leaders within his squad for the team’s dismal Varsity Football campaign this season.
The former champions are perennial playoff contestants, but face an almighty task to reach the semi-finals this year. UWC are currently in the sixth position on the ladder, with just four points through a 7-0 victory over the University of Limpopo and a 3-3 all draw with the University of KwaZulu-Natal last week. Both teams are below UWC on the table.
UWC have to gain maximum points from their last two matches and hope that results around the country go their way if they are to sneak into the play-offs.
“When you almost dead, there is still hope,” Adams said. “But I am not an optimist or a pessimist, I am a realist. And the reality is that we may miss out on the semi-finals this season.
“However, that doesn’t get me down. I still want us to go out and play good football, keep the momentum, and still try our best. I think we have played good football this season, there have just been crucial lapses of concentration. That’s when you need good leaders on the field. Calm heads that pull the younger guys together. Look at last week, we were 2-0 up and then we conceded through a silly error. Instead of regrouping, we panicked and that got them back into the game. Unfortunately, the leaders we identified have not come to the party, so we need to re-look at our leadership group within the squad.”
UWC’s task does not get any easier though with the form team of the competition, the University of Johannesburg, visiting Cape Town on Thursday. UJ are the table leaders with 13 points and have already virtually secured qualification for the semi-finals.
“They may be the form team, but that doesn’t mean they are unbeatable,” Adams said. “For some reason, my boys like playing these big fixtures, and it is at home, in front our own crowd, and everyone knows our record at home, so let’s see what happens.”