Makhubalo Repays UWC Coach's Faith
Varsity Football Round-Up
On a day when the University of Western Cape could easily have put double figures past a hapless University of Fort Hare side in Bellville on Thursday, it took the calmness of forward Xolisa Makhubalo to ensure the home side made their advantage count.
Makhubalo looked on in despair for the first half hour as the hosts missed a flood of chances. Captain Josh Silent was the premier culprit with the skipper fluffing his lines on a couple of occasions with only the goalkeeper to beat. Silent was eventually replaced by lanky striker Garren Smith.
But in the 37th minute, Makhubalo calmly rounded the UFH ‘keeper Bhanya Luyolo after a deft through ball, to send the strong crowd, who braved the cold and wet Cape weather, into raptures.
After being utilised as a substitute in the opening two rounds, it was a fitting way to repay coach Salie Adams’ faith in the forward after Makhubalo was used from the start in Round Three.
“I just want to thank God. Also to my coach for giving me the opportunity. I sat on the bench the first two games and just wanted to do well now that I got a start,” Makhubalo said after receiving the FNB Player of the Match award.
Makhubalo’s strike paved the way for UWC to open the floodgates with Charlton Fritz, Phiwokuhle Mpalala and Smith adding to the score for the home side to finish 4-0.
That meant UWC have now scored 10 goals in their two homes matches thus far this season without conceding as yet.
It was certainly a much-needed victory after the reversal to the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein last week.
UWC are also set to face much stiffer opposition in the near future with North West University set to visit Bellville next in Round Four of Varsity Football.