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Richmond aim to bounce back


United will want to redeem themselves today when they come up against Limpopo’s First Touch Academy in the 3pm slot of the day’s three games

TAKING HER BEST SHOT: Tshwane University of Technology (red shirts) took on EC ThunderBirds (blue stripe) in yesterdays action in the Sasol Womens League at the Galeshewe Stadium. The final score was 2-0 in favour of Tshwane University. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Richmond United have one more chance today to gain a foothold in the knockout stages of the week-long Sasol Women’s league national play-offs that heads into its third day at the Galeshewe Stadium.

Richmond, who are the confirmed Northern Cape champions of the women’s league, are also the provincial candidates for the upcoming professional league. Their single appearance in this tournament thus far has failed to spark to life and inspire confidence after the Northern Cape side was given a horrible 7-0 drubbing on Tuesday by an on form Durban Ladies team, who are the KwaZulu-Natal champions.

United will want to redeem themselves today when they come up against Limpopo’s First Touch Academy in the 3pm slot of the day’s three games.

Yesterday Richmond United coach Gregory Afrika, who was in the stands witnessing the game where Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) whipped Eastern Cape’s Thunderbirds FC 2-0, told the DFA that the United team will have to pick up immensely on their technical and tactical awareness of the game.

“As a team we take this tournament as a learning curve. We are still very young. Most of the players are very young and very inexperienced. They lack tactical discipline, technical application and technique,” he said. “In the next game we are going out for a win to avoid ending up ninth in the final rankings as in the previous years,” Afrika added.

The ninth-ranked team in this year’s national play-offs will pocket R10 000 compared to a whopping R200 000 and R100 000 respectively for teams in places one and two. United last gained eighth spot in 2016.

Afrika was quick to concede that his team did not gel well and that they played in a disjointed fashion.”Yes, they play very randomly and are not aware where they should be on the pitch,” he admitted. “As the coach I did not have time to work on their tactical awareness. I joined them in the second half of the season. We must improve on this, if not, we are going to get hammered by teams that are technically clued up.

“It is all about tactics, if you don’t get it right, like yesterday (Tuesday) they are going to hammer you,” he said.

When asked about playing in the anticipated super league next season Afrika said: “I am telling you, watch this space. Next year and the thereafter we will compete.”

Meanwhile, in yesterday’s games Tshwane’s (TUT) front line player Busisiwe Ndimeni scooped the Queen of the Match award. In the opening game Durban Ladies drew 0-0 with Limpopo’s First Touch Academy. UWC took on Mpumalanga’s Coal City Wizards in the last game, and UWC piled up their second win in the tournament, beating Wizards 1-0.

Tomorrow the teams will play two positional games to decide places seven and eight as well as the two semi-final rounds. The matches start at 9am.