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UWC, TUT and Wits all grab three points

Round three of the 2017 Varsity Football season began in Bellville as UWC managed a 4-0 win over UFH, who are yet to score in 2017.

The encounter between UWC and UFH took place in Bellville the home of UWC. After two rounds UWC had won one game and lost one, while UFH were yet to earn a point.

The weather in Bellville was not conducive to sleek, passing football, as it was windy and rainy. Both teams were very cautious from the first whistle. UWC captain Josh Silent could have taken the lead early on, but his shot was blocked brilliantly by Bhanya Luyolo, who kept it out from point-blank range.

As the game opened up chances were created with UFH almost taking the lead through Kgomotso Nkabinde, but his shot was saved by Ryan Ramandh. With fifteen minutes to go before halftime UWC took the lead when Xolisa Makhubalo calmly slotted the ball into the net after a beautiful pass from Xolela Ndude.

The second half started off at a high pace with UFH looking for an equaliser and that left them vulnerable at the back. Charlton Fritz made sure that UFH paid for their lapse in concentration, making the score 2-0 to the home team. Just moments later Phiwokuhle Mpalala made it 3-0, netting his third goal of the 2017 Varsity Football season.

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With the score at 3-0, UFH kept pushing for that elusive goal to pull themselves back into the game, but were let down by their composure in the final third. Kgomotso Nkabinde pulled the strings for his team in the midfield but the finishing let his good work go to waste.

With 90 minutes on the board, substitute Garren Smith grabbed the fourth goal for UWC with a neat header off a Mpalala cross. It ended 4-0.

FNB Player of the Match: Xolisa Makhubalo (UWC)
Samsung Best Shot: Xolisa Makhubalo (UWC)

UWC: 4 (Xolisa Makhubalo, Charlton Fritz, Phiwokuhle Mpalala, Garren Smith)
UFH: 0


UWC: Ryan Ramandh, Clinton Herwel, Xolisa Makhubalo, Xolela Ndude, Chad Smith(Khetsheza),Giovani Gaffoor,Ryan Steer, Josh Silent (Smith), Phiwokuhle Mphalala, Agmat Ceres, Charlton Fritz (Fredericks)
Subs: Raaof Hendricks, Akhona Cawe, Clint Fredericks, Mikhail Dankers, Garren Smith, Lwandile Khetsheza

UFH: Bhanya Luyolo(Ndlovu), Magagasa Tomas, Same Manelisi Ndzama Ndumiso, Zanekile Sphamandla, Ditana Mncedisi(Ndoda),Thompson Banele, Nkabinde Kgomotso, Tomase Siphuxolo, Ndakaza Siwongiwe, Bottomane Litha (Dinga)
Subs: Ndlovu Sandile, Mzelemu Assurance, Madyibi Siphiwo, Mangali Ndoda, Xaba Mthunzi, Dinga Solomzi, Vuyani Xolani


Defending champions TUT won a tough away game 0-2 on a trip to the University of Johannesburg thanks to goals by captain Mogau Mphahlele and Thabiso Lebitso.

The 2016 Champions, TUT, travelled to the University of Johannesburg to have a replay of last year’s final, in Round Three of Varsity Football. It’s the hosts who were off to the perfect start, when Manqoba Luvuno had the first shot, flying just over the crossbar.

The pressing and high intensity UJ began with gave them good momentum and opened channels for the ever-running Shaune Mogaile. With fans cheering, Vusi Sibiya continued the solid defensive display, halting tricky crosses into TUT’s box. It was end-to-end stuff as Mogaile fired a shot, which deflected and went just over the crossbar.

In the second half it looked as though TUT had come up with a strategy, spreading the ball, passing into dangerous pockets. Thabang Makgwane and Lebitso combined very well going forward, while TUT picked up momentum.

The TUT captain, Mogau Mphahlele, encouraged his teammates like a leader does, and one could sense a goal coming. A long ball played by Rorisang Rapelang was flicked into the box by Lebitso and UJ conceded a penalty after a foul by Dane Fortuin. Confidently, TUT captain Mphahlele blasted the roof of the net to make it 0-1 to TUT.

All ten UJ players adding numbers to the front left them vulnerable at the back. TUT took the opportunity with Lebitso firing in a grass-cutter from close range to make it 0-2.

The goal fired the UJ Army up, but it was a little too late. Eventually a penalty was conceded by the visitors. Mabote stepped up with his shot saved to add to the UJ team’s misery. TUT left with three points in what was one of the most entertaining games of Round Three of Varsity Football.

FNB player of the match: Keabetswe Mokwena
Samsung star saver: Mogau Mphahlele

TUT: 2 (M Mphahlele, T Lebitso)
UJ: 0

UJ: Damaine van der Walt, Potoko Mametja, Kenneth Langa, Dane Fortuin, Given Msimango, Karabo Malete, Shaune Mogaila, Wade Rowe, Pogiso Mabote, Tebogo Mandyu, Manqoba Luvuno
Subs: Alan Mabuza, Hayden Slava, Sthembiso Manana, Andy Singo, Welcome Masemola, Thapelo Molefe, Ziyaad Fredericks

TUT: Sikhumbuzo Ncube, Mogau Mphahlele, Vusi Sibiya, Tumelo Mphela, Rorisang Rapelang, Lethabo Andy Mashifana, Thabang Makgwane, Keabetswe Mokwena, Lebogang Phatlane, Themba Ndlovu, Steven Mvenya
Subs: kgaratlo Phatsoane, Thabiso Lebitso, Sello Omecious Ngoetjana, Letlhogonolo Letshwene, Thabiso Sibisi, Tebogo Lekaba, Tlotlo Mothibedi


The University of Witwatersrand finally managed to get a full set of points in a Varsity Football match, after they managed to beat Central University of Technology 2-0.

After suffering two heavy defeats in the opening rounds of Varsity Football, Wits hosted CUT all the way from the Free State on a rather chilly Johannesburg evening at the Bidvest Wits Stadium.

The game got underway with the home side off to a dream start, when Wits defender Phuti Leboho managed to get his head on the end of cross, to nod in and give his side the lead inside two minutes of the game kicking off.

This goal seemed to encourage the Witsies even more, as they controlled the midfield battle and rallied forward for a second. The hosts came close to doubling their lead, when midfielder Mahle Mtabane almost caught CUT shot-stopper Ntasne Kabi off his line, but his effort went over the crossbar.

The visitors did have a few opportunities of their own, but it was the Witsies who got the next goal, when a Luke Pereira shot on the edge of the box caught a CUT hand, which meant a penalty for Wits. Pereira stepped up and made light work of the penalty, doubling his team’s lead. The last 10 minutes was a slow-paced affair, as Wits saw out the half, which meant the score remained at 2-0 to the hosts at the interval.

The second half saw an electric start from CUT, who looked threatening from kick-off, but didn't manage to pull one back early on. The game then opened up a bit midway through the half, which saw Wits advance forward more often. The hosts, then suffered a setback, when midfielder Mahle Mtabane received a second yellow card after a reckless challenge, which saw him receive his marching orders from the referee.

Wits, with 10 men, sat back more often with CUT applying the pressure in search of a way back in the game. In the end the hosts held on, as they managed to get all three points and a first win of the tournament, with the fulltime whistle sounding with Wits winning 2-0.

FNB Player of the Match: Saluleko Mathonsi (Wits)
Samsung Best Shot: Phuti Leboho (Wits)

Wits: 2 (Phuti Leboho, Luke Pereira (p))
CUT: 0

Wits: Kamohelo Moorosi, Kaizer Maphanga (C), Tumisang Manamela, Luke Pereira, Phuti Leboho, Mahle Mtabane, Maropeng Mphapho, Saluleko Mathonsi, Bradley Mongwe, Baliwe Moyakhe, Thabiso Rafanyane
Subs: Keamogetswe Mokalake, Snethemba Msane, Sindiswa Dlamini, Sthembiso Zuke, Jordan Green, Lyndon Crouch, Tristan Gatter.

CUT: Ntasne Kabi, Neo Sebudi, Sello Mokhele, Morena Lehloa (C), Wesley Ledibane, Abrahm Singozo, Sello Monokoane, Mpho Molwstse, Tsietsi Ramosedi, Keitumetse Mabathoana, Rakgomo Taole
Subs: Tshiya Sikisi, Tebogo Molehe, Karabo Mojafi, Thato Mphulenyane, Sello Mokhathi, Wydelio Links, Gomolemo Rampai.


Maintaining their great track record and No 1 position in the 2017 Varsity Football tournament, North-West University (NWU) drew 0-0 against their tournament’s third round opponents, University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks) at the NWU’s campus in Potchefstroom.

Electrifying does not quite capture the atmosphere created by the NWU team supporters on the chilly evening. Their deafening vuvuzela sounds and confident bellows of songs of camaraderie, left UP-Tuks choking on the pitch.

Going into tonight’s match, UP-Tuks were desperate to clinch their maiden victory in the tournament only to have their hopes crushed by the NWU, dubbed 2017 Varsity Football underdogs, with their sterling defence and coordination.

The scoreline is no reflection of the match’s quality. It was end-to-end action as both teams had opportunities to snatch all three points. NWU used their crowd support to their advantage and could easily have won the match late on. But both teams put on excellent defensive displays to keep clean sheets.

“At the beginning of the tournament the team made a commitment to give each match their all,” said NWU team coach Xabaniso Xaba.

“Three games into the tournament and the mind-set is still the same. We take each game as it comes and that is our source of strength. There is no better time than the present and it is evident in our game play.”

To say that NWU is one the best teams in this year’s tournament would be an understatement. As they go into the fourth round of the tournament to face off against the Cape’s UWC, NWU show no signs of slowing down or watering down their form.

Already with two spectacular wins in the bag and tonight’s draw against the tournament’s hopefuls, UP-Tuks, it is becoming apparent that their tag will soon be dropped.

FNB Man of the Match: Kennedy Ntuane (NWU)
Samsung Best Shot: Kennedy Ntuane (NWU)

NWU: Kennedy Ntuane, Gift Mogorosi, Mojuda Matlhanyane, Wendelle Martin, Abongile Lemese, Tshepo Makgopela, Mogomotsi Molefe, Sandile Mbatha, Vincent Langa, Vusumuzi Ludwala, Cameron Chweu
Subs: Luzuko Jevuka, Khotso Moleta, Tshepo Baholo, Paseka Matsheka, Omphile Menyatsoe, Michael Smit, Tebogo Mokgobo

UP-Tuks: Dylan Paterson, Katlego Motlhatseng, Simbongile Njokwe, Lawrence Ntswane, Pierre Kok, Claudio De Almeida, Sabelo Tsambo, Frank Mpedi, Richard Moremi, Nkebe Ludumo, Okolo Chinedu
Subs: Daylan Hawes, Odwa Makha, Leonel De Mondeca, Siphesihle Sosibo, Jeremiah Nkwana, Khumbulani Siluma, Clinton Mphahlele


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