With 24 goals in just 14 games, Tshwane University of Technology Ladies (TUT) striker and captain Hildah Magaia is a goalscoring machine and thrives on giving defenders in the Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) sleepless nights.
“I don’t give opposition defenders a chance to breathe and I am not afraid to take them on. My timing so far is perfect, that’s why I am scoring, I play one, two touches with our midfielders and the other strikers, I am on 24 goals,” Magaia tells FARPost.
Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies will have their work cut out for them on Sunday as they take on a high scoring TUT Ladies side at UJ Soweto Campus Stadium, kickoff at 15:00.
Both sides are looking to cut down Mamelodi Sundowns lead at the top with TUT Ladies in second and Celtic third on the league standings.
Despite Sundowns being on top with an inch-perfect record of 14 consecutive and a lead of 7 points over second-placed TUT ladies, Magaia remains optimistic.
“It is still possible for us to close the gap on Sundowns and win the SNWL but now we are taking each game at a time, not looking too much ahead.”
Magaia is the 2019 TUT Sportswoman of the Year, 2018 Diski Queen of The Sasol League National Championships.
The prolific striker also scored a goal on her debut game for Banyana Banyana against Lesotho during the African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier in 2018 at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium.
A win for TUT Ladies over Celtic will see them close the gap on Sundowns Ladies to 4 points.
“Playing against Celtic is not easy; it is always a challenging game when we play them but our last game, we drew 1-1 at our home ground.
Meanwhile, a win for Celtic could see them go level on points with TUT Ladies.
“What I can say is that it is not going to be an easy match, we will go there, play our lungs out and hopefully we will get a positive result that we are looking for.
“I think we should just stick to our game plan and go to them more, don’t allow them to come to us, with that I think we will be able to overcome them and we will be able to do our quick transition going forward,” concluded Magaia.
SNWL, Saturday, 18 Jan fixtures
Tsumani Queens vs Thunderbirds Ladies, 15:00, Showground Stadium Bethlehem
University of Western Cape Vs Mamelodi Sundowns, 15:00, UWC Stadium
Coal City Wizards Vs Golden Ladies, 15:00, Witbank Stadium
Durban Ladies Vs First Touch Academy, 15:00, SJ Smith Stadium
Sunday, 19 Jan Fixtures
UJ Ladies Vs Richmond Ladies, 13:00, UJ Soweto Campus Stadium
Bloemfontein Celtic vs TUT Ladies, 15:00, UJ Soweto Campus Stadium
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi