10 August 2018 – North-West University, dubbed the Noble Boys, clinched yet another victory and defended their number one position on the Varsity Football log in a 1-0 victory against University of Limpopo at the NWU Stadium.
As expected, the Noble Boys went into the encounter charged with momentum gained over their previous victories against University of Western Cape and most recently, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and swept the competition away with an unmatched header in the 26th minute of by Lebogang Phetlhu, much to the thrill of the NWU supporters. This would mark Lebogang Phetlhu’s third goal in the tournament.
In an attempt to save face, University of Limpopo went on the offensive for most of the match but NWU goalkeeper, Luzuko Jevuka, would have none of it and fended off any attack waged against NWU’s fortress.
“I am very excited to have assisted the team in securing the three points for this match. Every game is different, and we take each game as it comes,” were the words of NWU goal scorer, Lebogang Phetlhu.
Goal: Lebogang Phetlhu
Debonairs Real Deal Save: Thoka Mafori (UL)
Samsung Moment of Brilliance: Lebogang Phetlhu (NWU)
FNB Player of the Match: Lebogang Phetlhu (NWU)
NWU: Luzuko Jevuka (GK), Wendelle Martin, Gift Mogorosi, Tholinhlanhla Mseleku, Tshepo Boholo, Simphiwe Mlangeni, Paseka Matsheka, Tebogo Mokgobo, Lebogang Phetlhu, Bongani Mabena, Kananelo Motsoeneng.
Subs: Kennedy Ntuane, Mogomotsi Molefe, Wandile Luvuno, Sibongiseni Hlengwa, Fynn Adam, Siyabulela Mosiea, Dylon Appolis.
UL: Mafori Phineas Thoka, Iketleng Kgamane, Tshepo Motloutse, Jackson Phuti Matlala, Evans Malatji, Nhlamulo Stanley Mbombe, Tseke puleng Kgole, Tokelo Percy Nkoane, Ntage Lebogang Sekhaolelo, Ngoanamello Ellis Rammala, Terry M. Ntwanano Nkuna
Substitutes: Ernest Mabu Charles Ramalefo, Tente Senosha, Luyanda Wison Mhoni, Pabalelo Emmanuel Mothoa, Maudi Evans Matlawa, Pedolent Phetholo, Halalisani Ngomane
Fixture: Tuks 2-0 UKZN
UP-Tuks take the spoils against UKZN
The University of Pretoria registered their first win of the season when they beat the University of KwaZulu-Natal 2-0 in Round Three of Varsity Football action at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria on Thursday night.
It was a match that both teams needed to win in order to get their campaigns back on track and the men from Pretoria would have breathed a sigh of relief that they were able to take the three points on offer.
It would take half an hour before the scoreboard was effected by play as UP-Tuks’ Chinedu Okolo found the back of the net with a brilliant effort to put them a goal ahead.
UKZN were never out of the proceedings as they attacked with intent but the defending champions were steadfast in defence and took their 1-0 lead into the break.
The Durbanites struggled to contain a rampant UP-Tuks outfit who wanted nothing more than to add to one goal advantage and credit must be given to UKZN’s defence throughout the second half.
UP-Tuks did eventually break through and it was none other than their sharpshooter Richard Moremi who netted a stunner to hand his team a 2-0 lead in the 70th minute.
The Striped Generation opted to tighten their man on man defence and effectively parked the bus as they shut out UKZN in the final minutes of the match to claim a hard fought and well deserved 2-0 win in a cold and windy Pretoria.
Goals: Chinedu Okolo, Richard Moremi
Debonairs Real Deal Save: Giovanni Idi (UP-Tuks)
FNB Player of the Match: Chinedu Okolo (UP-Tuks)
Samsung Moment of Brilliance: Chinedu Okolo (UP-Tuks)
UP-Tuks: Giovanni Idi (GK), Siphesihle Sosibo, Simbongile Njokwe, Chinedu Okolo, Sabelo Tsambo, Claudio De Almeida, Katlego Motlhatsang, Lebohang Montueli, Jeremiah Nkwana, Richard Moremi, Nhlanhla Mabaso.
Substitutes: Athenkosi Jojo, Sithembile Ndimande, Wandile Dlamini, Tshimologo Huma, Kagiso Mabusela, Tototiana Andriamialy, Leandro Mendes.
UKZN: Sifiso Mlungwana (GK), Lungelo Dube, Percy Shongwe, Lungani Nhlengethwa, Siphamandla Nzuza, Lungisani Shange, Nqubeko Dlamini, Tholinhlanhla Zondi, Bongumenzi Zulu, Nkosinathi Sibeko, Xavier Sampson.
Substitutes: Thabani Ntokozo Dlamini, Conal Cone, Khumbulani Mbokazi, Anele Ngubane, Ziyanda Ndlovu, Sphesihle Mbonambi, Siyanda Nyembe.
Fixture: UWC 0-1 TUT
TUT adds more misery to UWC’s disappointing season
A cold and windy night at the Operation Room was not conducive for carpet football. It was a game that showed glimpses but failed to live up to expectations. Both sides started the game being cautious and as a result few scoring opportunities were created. It took 23 minutes for the crowd to see a goal scoring opportunity, when winger Makhubalo was put through by De Sousa and the winger had only the keeper to beat but his lobbed effort could only hit the post with Ncube well beaten. Both sides went to the break locked at 0-0.
TUT started the second like a house on fire, making the home side play on the back foot and they managed to get a goal through an own goal by Clinton Herwel. The goal seemed to make the game more open as both sides threw all they had at each other. With fifteen minutes left the home side made changes hoping to get that equalising goal but all changes could not help them get that crucial goal.
This is UWC’s third loss in the 2018 edition and TUT’s first win at the Operation Room. This loss means that UWC is sitting rock bottom of the log and that means a lot of work needs to be done by the Bellville side in order to make sure that they secure a spot in the top four. It’s back to the drawing board for Coach Sallie and his side. The game ended 1-0 to the visitors
Goal: Clinton Herwel (UWC) OG
UWC: Leaner, Miller, Adams, Herwel, Hanslo, Mnqandu, Sebareme, Makubalo, De Sousa, Mpalala, Tefan
Subs: Ramangh, Ngqwemla, Peterso, Makaleni, Mlanjana, Cawe, Makaleni, Masopha
TUT: Ncube, Seema, Sibiya, Mphela, Rapelang, Tshoba, Mahlala, Mangoale, Phatlane, Topi, Zanekile
Subs: Nhlapo, Lehlomela, Nyawo, Leputu, Tlholoe, Tabane, Vilakazi
FNB Player of the Match: Mangoale Nape
Debonairs Pizza Real Deal Save: Sikhumbuzo Ncube (TUT)
Samsung Moment of Brilliance: Sikhumbuzo Ncube (TUT)