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Sibiya praises his players for showing resilience against UJ

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TUT Ladies FC’s never-give-up attitude was put on display on Wednesday when they overturned a 3-1 half-time score to 3-3 against UJ Ladies FC in the second half to help them maintain their second place in the Hollywoodbets Super League.

Coach Sizwe Sibiya’s team has now secured 52 points after 25 league matches.

They won 15 matches, drew seven and only lost three matches.

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On Wednesday, they showed their resilience when they stole a point away from university rivals UJ.

Sibiya said his team made a lot of costly mistakes, but he appreciates his team for not giving up despite the mistakes they made.

“We made expensive mistakes but I appreciate that they never give up no matter what happens,” he said.

He added that his players are slowly but surely improving.

“The girls gave their all. I am happy,” he said.

“There is a session which I always do with them once or twice a week and I call it “five minutes”. I always say we are in the 88th minute of the game, the whistle hasn’t been blown yet, we are not done,” he said.

He said if his team continues showing this type of resilience next season they might achieve something great.

With five games left before the end of this year’s Super League season, Sibiya said he’s happy and proud of what his players did this season thus far.

He said the players will have to prove how badly they want to end the season in the second position.

“It’s up to the girls to prove how bad they want to stay there. Support from everyone involved is key. Support can never one day become unimportant,” he said.

He added that their character will be tested since some players are going to be writing exams and the festive season is approaching.

“It’s never easy having to get players to buy into your ideas during this time of the year. There are exams and there’s this festive mentality, wanting to go home and all.

“I know this for a fact, as I was once a footballer. Concentration becomes very difficult at this time of the year,” he said.

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