NWU Look To Break Tuks Duck
NWU-Mafikeng will host defending champions, UP-Tuks in the first Varsity Football semi-final with the belief they can finally get the better of their opponents who they have failed to beat in three previous encounters.
The North West students are yet to beat the Pretoria side in three outings with the most recent result being a 2-2 draw in the round-robin fixtures.
This match will be a replay of last year's semi-final which Tuks won 1-0 on their way to claiming the inaugural title.
UP-Tuks coach, Evangelos Vellios, said his team will now be hard to beat after they achieved their first objective of reaching the semi-final stage of the competition.
"Our first objective was to qualify for the semifinal. Now that we have done it, there will be no stopping us going all the way," he said.
NWU coach, Amos Xabanisa, is expecting an open match and is confident his charges can finally beat Tuks in front of thousands of football crazy fans who will surely be cheering every pass and tackle of the home side.
"Everyone knows you can expect a huge crowd in Mafikeng. We have made provisions to get more seating into the stadium to accommodate an increase in the usual numbers. Hopefully we can attract close to 10 000 fans to the game," he said.
No matter the outcome of the match, a fast paced and tactically sound match will be played between these sides with the winner, in all probability, being the favourite to lift this year's trophy come the final.
NWU-Mafikeng Squad: 1 Amogelang Maduo, 7 Sipho Mateis, 2 Lebogang Phetlu, 5 Kyle Amon, 20 Tseko Weevris, 6 Sandile Mabatha, 15 Matsobane Matsi, 13 Thatohatsi Santos, 10 Orebotse Mongae, 9 Tshenolo Machwiswa, 11 Lindani Dudula, 16 Xolani Mtshali, 24 Aobakwe Mopelwa, 25 Goitseone Naane, 12 Mogomotsi Molefe, 21 Lebogang Motshegare, 18 Thapelo Tlabakwe, 8 Kagiso Modimoeng.
UP-Tuks Squad: 32 Lebo Ngubeni, 4 Lawrence Ntswane, 8 Nicholas Killas, 13 Lindsay Stowman, 20 Thabo Ndlovu, 10 Jeremiah Nkwana, 11 Richard Moremi, 5 Simbongile Njokwe, 15 Jarryd Van Den Berg, 9 Mbongeni Masilela, 18 Lucky Mathosi, 1 Dylan Paterson, 6 Khumbulani Siluma, 12 Phuthego Mabitsela, 7 Luke Steyl, 22 Dean Wilkinson, 2 Botshelo Mfulwane, 23 Vuze-Umuze Khoza.
Date: Monday, September 8
Venue: NWU Stadium, Mafikeng
Time: 16.45 (Televised live on SuperSport 4)