VarsityFootball : How Wits plan to recover from their thumping
The opening week of Varsity Football, saw Wits get thumped by a very well disciplined UWC team, 6-0, in the Western Cape on Thursday evening. This loss was Wits’ biggest since they began competing in the prestigious Varsity Football tournament.
Prior to the match last week, Varsity Sports had caught up with Wits captain Kaizer Maphanga, who had stated how well they looked to do in the tournament. This week, however, Varsity Sports, saw it fitting to meet up with the captain again, to hear if things have changed regarding the teams’ goals after such a terrible loss.
“Obviously the loss came as a shock, we did not expect to lose with such a score, but this is football and you sometimes don’t know God’s plan,” Maphanga replied after the loss to UWC.
The mood in the Wits camp was rather low after the crushing defeat according to Maphanga, with him further adding that it wasn’t a night of rest following the opening match.
“I did not sleep on Thursday.”
The Witsies, however, feel they have put that result behind them and now focus on the rest of the tournament, Kaizer Maphanga added.
“I can say that we have put the game behind us and our focus is Thursday against Mafikeng.”
Going into the next game, it is always difficult to lift yourselves up as a team, especially after a heavy defeat away from home, with the next fixture also being away from home against one of the tournament’s favourites.
Speaking on what the mood in the Wits camp is like ahead of their next clash in Mafikeng, Kaizer had this to say: “The moral is not that high in comparison to last week, before our game, but we are ready for the next game. All I can say is that mentally we were not ready but physically we were ready.”
The approach for the next game will definitely have to be different in order to improve matters, especially going away to a team that is known to be clinical and always striving to win.
“What we will do differently this week is put our mind-set on the game. We have to be strong mentally and fight for the Wits badge. It is going to be a mind game on Thursday and I can assure you that mentally we will be strong,” Maphanga concluded.
By Sifiso Nyawo