Madibaz Restore Hope
NMMU-Madibaz travelled to Bloemfontein to take on UFS-Kovsies with the aim of restoring their hope of reaching the semi-finals of the Varsity Football tournament and they did just that...and more.
The PE students stunned the home side by picking up an emphatic 4-0 victory but Madibaz coach, Graeme Harrison, believes the score is somewhat flattering.
"It was a brilliant performance from the team but I think the score is a bit flattering. They had their chances to score goals but they couldn't convert, which proved to be the difference between the teams," he said.
The Madibaz disappointed many when they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to UWC but Harrison believes they have restored their fans' faith in them by bouncing straight back.
They placed massive importance on building an attacking platform from a solid defensive base and went into the Kovsies game knowing that nothing but a win will do in order to remain in touch with the top four.
Kovsies were left shell-shocked when the Madibaz brought an all-out attack game plan which Harrison believes was executed perfectly and clinically.
"We worked hard on setting a solid defensive platform and then building our attack from there. The team stuck to the game plan and everything came together for us," he added.
The win took the PE side to fourth spot on the log, level on points with Kovsies but ahead due to a superior goal difference.
NMMU have become synonymous with debutants taking chances handed to them by Harrison, first it was Sachin Jackson who scored on debut against UCT and this time, Simamkele Thobi announced his arrival with a spectacular header to hand the Madibaz a 1-0 lead.
Harrison said he was happy that the team was rewarded for the hard work they put in during training and hopes they can continue from this base as the competition heads into the knock-out phase.
There's a tough battle between NMMU and Kovsies for that fourth spot as both teams have relatively easy matches in Round Six but massive games in the final round of fixtures, which will see it go down to the wire and possibly be separated by goal difference.