Varsity Football final between Tshwane University of Technology and University of Pretoria
Posted: 18 September 2017 Time: 11:32
Varsity Football champions Tshwane University of Technology will defend their crown against neighbours University of Pretoria in the final of the competition on September 28 at TUT Stadium.
TUT bested Central University of Technology in a penalty-shootout in the semi-finals last week, while UP-Tuks pulled off an impressive comeback against University of the Western Cape in their last-four tussle.
TUT had a rather slow start to the game in front of their home crowd on Thursday night, with the visitors looking dangerous and creating multiple chances early on.
However, fan-favourite Themba Ndlovu took advantage of some sloppy defending by CUT to score the opening goal.
It was a physical contest with many bookings as well as the dismissal of TUT’s Lebogang Phatlane for a reckless challenge just before the interval.
TUT held out defensively a man down until the 83rd minute, as CUT’s Sizwe Ngoma put the ball past seemingly unbeatable goalkeeper Sikhumbuzo Ncube.
With a 1-1 scoreline, the match had to be decided by penalties. TUT managed to score six of their penalty kicks, while CUT only got five, giving last year’s champions a shot at retaining their title.
Not too far from TUT Stadium, UP-Tuks faced UWC for the second time in the week after their previous encounter on Monday night.
The visitors got the game off to a flying start when Clint Herwel was in the right place to give the Capetonians the lead barely a minute in.
The Pretoria side, though, pushed for a response and were rewarded when striker Odwa Makha found the equaliser with an impressive headed finish.
The boys from Bellville then conceded a few minutes into the second period via Tuks' Simbongile Njokwe before Makha calmly completed his brace from the spot in the dying stages of the match.
Varsity Football semi-final results:
UP-Tuks 3 – 1 UWC
TUT 1(6) – 1(5) CUT
FNB Man of the Match Awards
Simbongile Njokwe (UP-Tuks)
Sikhumbuzo Ncube (TUT)
Samsung Best Shot Awards
Claudio de Almeida (UP-Tuks)
Winston Manopole (CUT)