The University of Johannesburg women’s team held their nerve in a penalty shoot-out to win the University Sport South Africa football tournament in Port Elizabeth last week.
After the final against Tshwane University of Technology was deadlocked at 1-1 following regulation time, UJ emerged on top to better last year’s effort, when they ended fourth.
Coach Jabulile Baloyi said a number of elements had contributed to their success, with their discipline on and off the field being extremely good.
“The unity in the team was also strong and the whole group believed we could do it. There was strong motivation to make sure we achieved more than last year.”
Striker Amanda Mthandi was one of their star players, scoring nine goals during the week.
“She was the top goal-scorer and was named player of the tournament,” said the coach.
Dineo Magagula was also outstanding and was chosen as the goalkeeper of the tournament.
Playing in group C, the team drew their first match but won the remaining three pool games to make the play-offs.
“In the semifinals we came up against University of Western Cape and won on penalties after the score was 1-1 at the end of regulation time,” said Baloyi.