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TUT put seven past UFH, NWU top

The man who rescued a point in dramatic fashion last week, netted a brace for TUT as they hammered UFH 7-0 in Alice on Thursday night.

Both teams were in search of a maiden win in the 2017 Varsity Football campaign, after TUT’s draw and UFH’s loss last week. But it was the men from Tshwane that were out of the blocks first with a quick goal from Mogau Mphahlele with less than 60 seconds on the clock.

The men from Alice had a few attempts at goal but nothing to trouble TUT’s Sikhumbuzo Ncube in goal.

With just 10 minutes to go to halftime, TUT proved why they are the reigning champions by scoring back-to-back goals, with a brace from Themba Ndlovu.

And just when fans thought that the fireworks were done, Thabang Makgwena added salt to the wounds with a goal of his own to end the first half 4-0 in favour of TUT.

With four hard questions asked by the men from TUT, Fort Hare needed the interval to regroup.

UFH looked slightly more composed in the second half, but TUT looked to continue riding their momentum. And that they did, as three unanswered goals found their way into the back of the net.

Keabetswe Mokwena got his name on the score sheet, before Lebogang Phathane and Thabiso Sibisi added theirs.

Fort Hare came close with an audacious effort from just over the halfway line, which rattled the crossbar, but it ended 7-0, as the home side looked ragged.

Goalless after two matches and conceding 10 already, there is lots of work to be done as UFH look to get points on the board. A full three points for TUT away from home, but a nightmare of a match for the home side.

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North-West University (NWU)’s Varsity Football team, the 2017 tournament underdogs, clinched yet another crucial victory against the clever boys, Wits University, winning 2-1 in their encounter at the Mafikeng Stadium.

Seven minutes into the match, NWU drew first blood with striker Mogomotsi Molefe finding the back of the net with a scorching right sweep. Never far from the action, Cameron Chweu extended the lead with yet another sweeping kick three minutes before the game went into halftime.

Early in the second half, Wits University found the back of the net having been awarded a penalty with the assistance of Luke Pareira, bringing the side a glimmer of hope.

Not to be outdone in their home turf, Wendelle Martin and captain Sandile Mbatha both found the back of the net sealing Wits University’s fate in the second round of the 2017 Varsity Football tournament. Martin with a cracking volley and Mbatha rounding the keeper to tap home.

“As a team we are playing the kind of football that our fans want us to play,” said Mogomotsi Molefe. “These are the people that have believed in us when at times it seemed bleak. I am just glad they came out in their numbers to see us honour them.”

Having clinched their maiden victory in an away game against University of Fort Hare, and their second win tonight against Wits University, which has propelled them to the top of the fixture log, NWU are fast pacing themselves to being one of the tournament’s formidable teams in this season’s Varsity Football tournament.


On the back of a 6-0 thumping of University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of the Western Cape came to the City of Roses brimming with confidence, but fell 2-1 to a spirited CUT in Bloemfontein.

It was, CUT, who began the more dominant side, as the visitors were finding their feet early on. Sello Mokhele blasted an early free kick over the bar, right before Katleho Molakeng’s shot, in anger, got the crowd excited, but went just wide of the upright. A free header for UWC’s Thulani Mkosi only stayed out because of Neo Sebudi’s timely intervention.

CUT kept knocking for a goal, most notably through captain Morena Lehloa’s troubling long throws.

They were to be rewarded for their persistence when Taole Rakgomo found himself unmarked in the box and calmly slotted in just before the break. UWC’s Lyle Hardenberg, who had been doing a stellar mopping job at the back, came to his team’s rescue when he cleared off the line.

Not to be denied a brace, Rakgomo volleyed in Sebudi’s pinpoint cross just after the break, to calm any nerves the home supporters may have had.

CUT’s attempts to put the game to bed were denied by Renaldo Leaner’s defiant shot-stopping. On the other end, Ntsane added to his incisive ball distribution with timely saves.

A lapse in concentration from the home defence allowed UWC to pull a goal back when Josh Silent chipped over Ntsane. Herwel Clinton’s narrow miss nearly invoked a few strokes in the crowd.

A scramble in the box, including a goal-line headed clearance from Hardenberg, nearly made it three for CUT. The home side were to hold on for a second win on the spin.


Visitors UJ managed to keep out a strong Tuks attack, while bagging a goal of their own to defeat Tuks 1-0 at the Tuks Stadium.

Tuks came out guns blazing in the first half, hoping to put the hurt of last week’s draw behind them, after they were seconds away from earning a full three points on the road against TUT.

Richard Moremi, Jeremiah Nkwana and Frank Mpedi were linking up well as Tuks looked to grab an early lead. But UJ’s defence held strong. They looked well organised and a counter attack seemed their likely opportunity to score.

Somewhat against the run of play, UJ earned themselves a penalty after a Tuks foul in the box. Tebogo Mandyu stepped up to slot home and give his side the lead.

It went into the break all square.

The second half began much like the first, with Tuks coming out strongly on attack. Jeremiah Nkwana had a number of free kick opportunities thanks to a number of fouls by UJ just outside the box, but UJ’s shot-stopper Damaine van der Walt was in the form of his life, equal to all Nkwana’s efforts.

The game became a bit scrappy as both UJ’s Wade Rowe and Tuks’ Simbongile Njokwe were issued yellow cards.

UJ held strong as Dane Fortuin organised his troops and the clean sheet ensured a full three points as UJ won 1-0.


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