UWC’s Mbuli charged up in SNWL return

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The University of Western Cape (UWC) women’s team head coach Thinasonke Mbuli and her charges have their sights on registering their first win of the new Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) season.

In their first game in almost 12 months last Saturday, UWC played out to a thrilling 2-2 draw against Tshwane University of Technology (TUT Ladies) and coach Mbuli is feeling confident ahead of their clash against Thunderbirds Ladies on Saturday at UWC Stadium (15:00).

However, they take on a Thunderbirds team that has had a great start to the season as they comfortably eased past Durban Ladies 2-0 in the opening weekend.

“First of all, it was important that we play the first one so that we get the feeling of playing again after such a long time,” Mbuli told FARPost.

“Playing against Thunderbirds Ladies, they are motivated, they won last weekend and we drew but then we are playing at home and last season we drew both games against them due to our silly mistakes but I’m hoping on Saturday, we’d get good results.”

Mbuli said it felt good to be back on the touchline again and labelled UWC’s return to action in the Women’s League as “emotional”.

“It was emotional and exciting at the same time to be back in action because you get to understand the impact that Covid has had in our lives as we didn’t play for almost 12 months,” she said.

“So, it was good, very exciting and more exciting that we even had a TV game, something that we didn’t have the previous season. I think last season we only had one game that was televised, and it was good, exciting more than anything.”

UWC have what it takes to put their rivals to the sword but according to Mbuli their main goal this season is to learn from their mistakes in the inaugural campaign – try to improve.

“We want to do better than the previous season in a way that we want to start well because our biggest mistake last season is that we drew our first four games so going through the whole season now we were under pressure.

“If we were number six on the log last season then doing better is not number five, it’s not number four – it’s three going up. So, we just want to do better than the previous game. It’s very important for us to start well,” concluded Mbuli, who is also the Banyana Banyana assistant coach.

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