Register Login Scores

Varsity Football

Wits Ready For UJ Challenge

Wits coach Mark Haskins admits University of Johannesburg’s star midfielder Mokete Mogaila poses a massive threat in this week’s Varsity Football semi-final, but it would be foolish to focus solely on one player.

Mogaila has lit up the Varsity Football 2018 season and is the leading goalscorer in the competition, playing a pivotal role in UJ qualifying for the semi-finals in top position after the league phase. 

“Mogaila has done exceptionally well. He showed excellent form last year already. He is definitely someone to look at because he can change the game in an instant,” Haskins said.

“It is going to require team effort though. I don’t think it’s going to be individual brilliance or ‘X-factor’ that’s going to decide the course of the semi-final. It is about desire, hunger and intensity.”

Does that mean Haskins and his team have not plotted any specific game plan to thwart Mogaila in terms of man-marking perhaps?

“No, like I’ve said, he is a quality player, but football is a team game. It doesn’t take one person to win a match. It is about how the entire team performs.

“The way the game works is that we focus too much attention on Mogaila for instance, we are bound to leave gaps somewhere else for them to hurt us. We cannot afford to focus on just one player.

“Equally, we have quality players they need to focus on. Guys that in a blink of an eye they are gone. So, we prefer to focus on our preparation instead of worrying about what the opposition is going to bring or who they have in their ranks,” Haskins explained.

The semi-final between UJ and Wits take place on Thursday 13 Sept at 18:15.  

Battle For Bragging Rights In The Capital

Wits Coach: Moments Like These Can Define Young Careers

TUT Defy The Odds

comments

Top 5

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

11 May 20, 2020 08:32 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Official: Downs Announce Maluleka!

118 Jul 01, 2020 01:43 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

21 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

10 Players Who Were Forced To Retire Early

5 Jun 28, 2020 12:30 PM in World News

Breaking: Decision On Xulu’s Future Confirmed

26 Jun 29, 2020 10:57 AM in PSL

Zungu Drops R800k On His ‘Dream Car’

10 Jun 27, 2020 09:18 AM in Show Me The Money

Major Boost For Hunt After Wits Decision

4 Jul 01, 2020 11:37 AM in PSL

10 Footballers Who Lied About Their Age

52 May 10, 2020 07:16 PM in International

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

11 Mar 29, 2020 07:16 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Mnyamane Bids Emotional Farewell To SSU

4 Jul 01, 2020 01:25 PM in PSL