Nompumelelo Nyandeni said she believes in the JWV squad, and that they will take it one notch up this season. Photo by BackpagePix
Nompumelelo Nyandeni said she believes in the JWV squad, and that they will take it one notch up this season. Photo by BackpagePix

JVW captain Nompumelelo Nyandeni says the team is looking at improving from what they achieved in their first season playing in the Hollywoodbets Super League.

In their first year in the Super League, JVW achieved their target of finishing in the top five after finishing fourth with 51 points from 26 games.

This season, they are looking at going a few steps further and challenge two times champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and finish within the top two.

In four games that have been played, they are unbeaten and second in the standings with 12 points – the same as Sundowns Ladies who have a better goal difference.

“Last season we made so many mistakes,” Nyandeni admitted.

“We wanted to compete with Sundowns forgetting that it was only our first season that saw us losing track and losing games that we should have won. We paid too much attention to Sundowns.

“This time, we are focusing more on ourselves and looking at finishing in the top two. But it is still early days and we can’t rush things. We’re taking each game as it comes. I believe in the squad we have.”

The Super League winners get a chance to compete in the Caf Women’s Champions League, and Nyandeni said they also want to see themselves playing on the continent in the near future. JVW travels to Gqeberha to face newly promoted City Lads Ladies at Wolfson Stadium on Sunday (1pm).

The newbies were hammered 8-0 by Sundowns on Wednesday, but Nyandeni is expecting a tough encounter. She said that they would not take them lightly.

“We cannot undermine any team,” Nyandeni added.

Sunday Fixtures

Durban Ladies v First Touch Academy (1pm); City Lads v JVW (1pm); Bloemfontein Celtic v Tsunami Queens; TUT Ladies v Thunderbirds; UJ v Richmond United; UWC v Mamelodi Sundowns; Vasco Da Gama v Ma-Indies; Coal City Wizards v Golden Ladies. All at 3pm unless indicated.

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