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TV time for WSU soccer team


WSU is set to enjoy at least three televised matches during their debut season in the FNB Varsity Football challenge kicking off on Monday night 20 July.

Official broadcasters Supersport are set to televise one of the season’s most anticipated derbies as WSU and NMMU clash at the Mthatha campus on Thursday 27 August in an all- Eastern Cape affair.

The duel is preceded by another home tie against the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) to be aired on 17 August.

A trek down the south coast will see Supersport on hand to televise WSU’s match against the University of the Western Cape (UWC) at UWC Sports Ground on Thursday 6 August.

“The excitement amongst the boys is palpable. The prospect of exhibiting their talents on live television is something quite exhilarating for the whole team,” says head coach Alfred Kuchou.

Preparations are at an advanced stage for the WSU team as they enter their third week of camp in a strict training regimen ahead of their all-important opener against Northwest University (NWU-Mafikeng).

A lunchtime kick-off in Butterworth on Friday 10 July against Bush Bucks has proven critical in the WSU technical team’s task of “tying up loose ends” just days ahead of the opener.

“In terms of fitness and conditioning the boys are in superb shape. Their recent participation in a regional competition has testified to this. This camp is mainly about solidifying technical and tactical aspects of our game, and finding what combinations will best suit the team,” says Kuchou.

Centre-back and team captain Zwide Nxumalo (23), a final-year business management student says the tournament could provide a lot of opportunities for the players.

“The importance of this tournament is not lost on the boys. It’s potential to provide great exposure and an opportunity to catch the eyes of professional clubs is something we’re all cognisant of,” says Nxumalo.

He says the team’s experience in playing in the SAB league, with a couple of players plying their trade in the Vodacom League, could prove their biggest source of match temperament.

“We’ve played in important tournaments before, and we know what it takes to win. Make no mistake, we’re not going there to make up the numbers,” says Nxumalo.

Kuchou says Monday’s match could prove to be the most critical match of the tournament.

He says their first showing could determine how the rest of the tournament unfolds for the team.

“We must make a statement from the first whistle of the first match. We must announce our arrival in the biggest way – by winning. That’s how we will gain respect from the other teams”, concludes Kuchou.