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Wits University FC
Logo for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (new logo as of 2015).jpg
Full name Wits University Football Club
Ground Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg
Ground Capacity 5000
Coach South Africa Mark Haskins
League USSA Gauteng
2017 Varsity Football, 7th
Website Club website

Wits University Football Club, also known as Wits FC, is the football club representing the University of the Witwatersrand based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Wits University Football Club boasts the largest number of members for any single sporting code in the university with two men's teams, a ladies teams and a junior program for prospective students.

The Men's & Ladies' First Teams represent the university in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Football Gauteng league, and are regular participants in the USSA Football National Club Championships competing with the top 16 university teams in the country, held in December of each year. The men's senior team, coached by Mark Haskins, is ranked 8th in the country following participation in the National Championships. The women's team, coached by Jabulile Baloyi, narrowly missed out on qualification.[1] The women's team also occasionally participates in external tournaments, such as the annual Zodwa Khoza Cup.[2]

The USSA Football National Club Championships act as the qualifiers to the prestigious Varsity Sports Football tournament of the following year; with the top eight men's teams and top four ladies' teams affiliated with Varsity Sports booking their place in the tournament.

The Men's First & Reserve Teams are members of SAFA Soweto, with the First Team playing in the Promotional League, playing towards promotion to the SAB Regional League.

Stadium[edit]

Wits FC's home ground is the Bidvest Stadium, located on the university's East Campus in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The stadium can hold up to 5000 spectators at capacity. The stadium is primarily used by Premier Soccer League outfit, Bidvest Wits F.C., as 50% of the stadium is owned by the university, while Bidvest own the other 50%..

Honours & Tournament History[edit]

Varsity Football record[edit]

USSA Football National Club Championships record[edit]

Men
  • 2017 – 8th
  • 2016 – 6th
  • 2015 – 7th[4]
  • 2014 – 5th[5]
  • 2013 – Did not qualify[6]
  • 2012 – 5th[7]
  • 2011 – Did Not Qualify[8]
  • 2010 – Did Not Qualify[9]
  • 2009 – Did Not Qualify[10]

Sponsors[edit]

  • Main sponsor: Futurelife
  • Kit manufacturer: Kappa

First team squad[edit]

As of 24 October 2017.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Sthembiso Zuke
2 South Africa DF Xabiso Simelela
3 South Africa DF Mondie Dlamini
4 South Africa DF Baliwe Moyakhe
5 South Africa DF Kaizer Maphanga (Captain)
6 South Africa MF Sicelo Khumalo
7 South Africa MF Luke Pereira
8 South Africa MF Lyndon Crouch
9 South Africa FW Sindiswa Dlamini
10 South Africa MF Mahle Mtabane
11 South Africa MF Bradley Mongwe
12 South Africa DF Phuthi Leboho
13 South Africa DF Jordan Green
14 South Africa FW Graeme Dor
No. Position Player
15 South Africa MF Saluleko Mathonsi
16 South Africa GK Kamohelo Moroosi
17 South Africa FW Thabiso Rafanyane
18 South Africa MF Mahudu Seageng
19 South Africa DF Tumisang Manamela
20 South Africa DF Snethemba Msane
21 South Africa MF Keamogetswe Mokalake
22 South Africa MF Tristan Gatter
23 South Africa MF Maropeng Mphaho
24 South Africa MF Mthokozisi Mthembu
25 South Africa MF Sibusiso Nkosi
26 South Africa DF Tebogo Msimangu
27 South Africa FW Riaaz Kader
28 South Africa GK Thorisho Marobane

Club officials[edit]

Coaching Staff & Technical Team[edit]

Men's First Team
  • Head coach: South Africa Mark Haskins
  • Assistant coach: South Africa Alzavian van Rheede
  • Fitness coach: South Africa Restoration Sikhwari
  • Sports officer: South Africa Monthso Matlala
  • Team manager: South Africa Sanele Nene

References[edit]

External links[edit]