The University of the Western Cape (UWC) Ladies coach Thinasonke Mbuli has vowed to challenge for everything including the Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) with her young side next season.
The former Banyana Banyana assistant coach has been at the helm of UWC since February 2019 after taking over from Nathan Peskin whose contract expired at the end of 2018.
“Our aim now is to build a new team and sign new and right players that we want for the team,” said Mbuli.
“This season we’ve tried to change things, obviously how the team must play because we knew there’s no relegation in the SNWL.
It’s hard to play in those provinces [Gauteng and Limpopo] because we are used to playing under Sasol League here across the province but now you have to travel to Polokwane – in extremely hot weather conditions, “added Mbuli.
UWC who played to a thrilling 2-2 against Tshwane University of Technology (TUT Ladies) over the weekend are seventh on the SWNL log standings with 23 points after 18 matches.
The university club has produced quality footballers such as Banyana Banyana international Thembi Kgatlana who currently plying her trade in Portugal playing for Benfica.
Mbuli also said that in her first year as UWC coach, she tried to read and understand the team’s culture.
“I tried to bring the philosophy to them to suit what I want and to suit the team, so the past few months that I was here – now that the players understand me and understand what I want from them now I can see we are ready to challenge everything,” said the Piet Retief born.
“Looking at my team I can see that we are ready to challenge everything that is in front of us – most importantly the League.”
The Western Cape-based side will welcome the Richmond Ladies at Ikamva in Parow on Saturday, kickoff at 15:00.
By Ayanda Frances Felem