Madibaz On The Up
NMMU Madibaz have timed their semi-final charge to perfection as they find themselves in third position with one game to play.
The PE students have scored seven goals in their last two games which has propelled them above defending champions, UP-Tuks, with a superior goal difference after the Pretoria side suffered a shock defeat to UWC.
The two sides meet in the final round of the tournament before the semifinal stages and Madibaz coach Graeme Harrison is fully focused with the task at hand as his side has the momentum going into the encounter.
"We have the momentum and the guys have been playing really well. We tried peaking at the right time and it seems we are on that upward curve," he said.
The Madibaz overcame the University of Limpopo 3-0 in the penultimate round of the tournament but the result is more flattering than it suggests, as the PE side struggled to get out the blocks in the first half.
Harrison complemented UL on the game as he feels they gave NMMU a run for their money and gave a good account of themselves.
"Credit must go to UL. They really came at us hard and made us work for the points. We were sluggish in the first half and they took advantage of that. Luckily, we managed to go into the break without conceding and we could compose of ourselves," he added.
There was renewed vigour in the Madibaz in the second half as they showed guts and determination to prove why they are serious contenders for a spot in the playoffs.
Kieran Koert has been untouchable this year as the playmaker made an immediate impact upon his introduction to the game by getting his side on the scoreboard.
Koert never fought a lone battle as Harrison singled out Simamkele Thobi for his excellent work rate and finishing ability.
"Simamkele (Thobi) has been a revelation. He has played two games and scored in both games. He’s taken his chance and I hope he continues to grow in this game," he said.
All the Madibaz players got through the game unharmed and will all be eligible for their final round robin game against Tuks.