Varsity Football Round 7 Wrap
Posted: 8 September 2017 Time: 11:15
Seven weeks of Varsity Football has delivered entertaining football, and after last night’s action much is expected of the knockout phase of the competition.
Although there’s one match left to be played in Round 7, reigning champions Tshwane University of Technology have already secured a last-four spot.
TUT continued their unbeaten streak in the tournament after drawing 2-2 in a close encounter with North West University. The Tshwane side’s captain Themba Ndlovu led his team in attack from the opening whistle, but a tough NWU defense made it difficult for Ndlovu and co. Soon, the constant pressure would pay off for TUT when Thabang Makgwane’s shot found a way past goalkeeper Kennedy Ntuane. Back-and-forth goal action followed, with the remaining goals all coming from NWU players – a tap-in from Cameron Chweu, a penalty converted by Sandile Mbatha and an own goal from Gift Morogosi to end the match in a tie.
University of the Western Cape finally won a game away from home, and did it in spectacular fashion, beating University of Johannesburg 5-1 at UJ Stadium. The home team became a 10-man side after goalkeeper Damaine van der Walt saw a red card after fouling Xolisa Makubelo. Makubelo was the main attacking outlet for UWC, scoring three out his team’s five goals. Along with his hat-trick, goals on the night came from Phiwokuhle Mphalala, Ndude Xolela and UJ’s Given Msimango. UWC are second on the log and are set to play UP-Tuks next week in the last Round 7 fixture.
University of Pretoria were also on display last night when they took on Central University of Technology. A late goal from Chinedu Okolo secured the victory for UP-Tuks, raising their hopes of a semi-final place. In order to advance, the Pretoria side need to avoid being defeated by more than two goals when they face UWC next week. A win or draw will also do the trick.
Thursday’s game between Wits University and University of Fort Hare was a match played for pride alone, seeing as both teams’ chances of qualifying for the knockout are minimal. The game ended 2-1 to Wits as both sides gave it their all. Goals came from Wits’ Sindiswa Dlamini, Baliwe Oyakhe and a beautiful free-kick by UFH’s Solomzi Dinga.
Varsity Football Round 7 Results:
TUT 2-2 NWU
UJ 1-5 UWC
UP-Tuks 1-0 CUT
Wits 2-1 UFH
FNB Player of the Match awards:
Tebogo Mokgobo (NWU)
Xolisa Makubalo (UWC)
Simbongile Njokwe (Tuks)
Sthembiso Zuke (Wits)
Samsung Best Shot Awards:
Thabang Makgwane (TUT)
Phiwokuhle Mphalala (UWC)
Chinedu Okolo (Tuks)
Baliwe Moyakhe (UFH)
UP-Tuks vs UWC (11 September, 18h30)