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FNB UJ team preview with coach Jonathan Mokuena 

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

FNB UJ is looking forward to the start of this year's FNB Varsity Cup after failing to qualify for the knock-out stage of the 2022 competition.


2022 results:  Played: 9, Won: 4, Lost: 4 ,Draw: 1, Log position: 6th   

"I believe the many weeks we have spent in preparation have been on point so far. We have had a few disappointments with a few players not being able to come through but that is part of coaching, and it allows the next players to prove themselves. Generally, we are happy with where we are and hopefully, with time, we will see a few new stars emerge out of UJ rugby," says UJ head coach Jonathan Mokuena.


Mokuena says he doesn’t see players who have moved on to bigger and better things as a loss, but rather as a result of the platform the Varsity Cup has provided.


"Ilunga Mukendi is with the Lions’ Currie Cup side while Musawenkosi Tshabalala and Ruben Liebenburg are with the Valke. Keegan Joubert is playing in Italy. We do have some new faces and we look forward to seeing them run out in the orange jersey.”


According to Mokuena the goal is to play competitive rugby and possibly reach the playoffs. They will however take it game by game.


UJ will take on FNB NWU Eagles in Potchefstroom in their opening game before playing the Johannesburg derby against FNB Wits. Mokuena says his team need home support.


"The fans are what makes the team and without them, we have no one to play for. The 23-man squad will weekly represent thousands of students and employees of the University of Johannesburg.


"We love to see a packed UJ Stadium, we love the chanting and the continuous support. So, we know #TheHeatIsOn and we are looking forward to seeing our fans from UJ.”


The orange army starts off their campaign with an away game in Potchefstroom against FNB NWU on the 20 April.


2023 fixtures HERE.      

by Gontse Hlophe 

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