MUT soccer team forges on in spite of a draw

Mdumiseni “Shaluile” Jiyane

As they always say, it is a lot easier to prepare for a knockout competition because it is usually a few weeks of intensity and focus. With the league it is different. This is a real marathon. The MUT soccer team is clearly aware of this fact. The players have psyched themselves up for a long grinding battle. One game at a time, is the guiding philosophy. Last weekend, amid very difficult circumstances, the team drew 1-1 against M City at Glebelands stadium. The team was missing some of its players who had to leave for home before lectures commenced.

Mfundo Maseko, the team captain, said that it was a hard-fought draw. M City is one of the toughest teams in the league. But the players were up to it. All the players are eager to contribute to pushing the team up in the log standing, said Mfundo, the team captain.

Another highlight of the match was that winger, Mdumiseni “Shaluile” Jiyane, continued with his goal-scoring spree. Shaluile scored his eighth goal. The team played nine matches, and are fourth in the log.

Shaluile agrees with this captain that the match was not easy, and thanked his teammates for supporting him. “I will never have scored without receiving a pass from one of them. The coaches also played a big role; they are patient with all of us. I also thank them for giving me an opportunity. Moving forward I would love to score more goals for the team and help us to win the league,” said Shaluile. He also said he just liked to enjoy the game. “That is the most important thing even over winning.”

Tomorrow the MUT team is playing from home. At 15h00, the team will play against Durban Pioneers at King Zwelithini Stadium’s outer field. On Sunday, at 1h00, the team will take on Chartsworth Rangers at the 1016 Sports ground.