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Nation's Capital Hosts Madibaz

Tied on points, separated by a goal difference of three and a semifinal spot up for grabs. That's the situation which defending champions UP-Tuks and last year's finalists NMMU find themselves in.
Win and gain a semifinal spot but lose and, depending on other results, your tournament will be over.
Tuks will be looking to resurrect the performance of last year's final when they beat the PE students 4-1 to claim the inaugural title but that could be harder to achieve this time.
Tuks have picked up one point from their last two matches, scoring three goals and conceding four. The Madibaz, on the other hand, have picked up maximum points in both games, scored seven and conceded none.
Tuks coach, Evangelos Vellios, has likened the fixture to that of a quarterfinal.
"It's the kind of game that any coach would love to be a part of and will be equivalent to a quarter final. There is always a lot of pressure for those who wear the Tuks emblem on their chests but we are used to it and we will embrace it," he said.
Tuks player, Lindsay Stowman, was part of the Madibaz squad last year before making the journey to Pretoria to join UP-Tuks and is relishing the chance to play against old team mates and friends.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to play against the university I used to play for as well as my old friends but I'm not going out there to prove anything, rather to do my best for UP-Tuks," he said.
NMMU Madibaz coach Graeme Harrison is looking forward to a hard fought match and said his team had been working hard to rectify mistakes they made in previous matches.
"It's going to be a physical game as they will be as desperate as we are for maximum points. We have one thing in mind and that is to win the game – nothing else. We are determined to fight all the way and go all out to ensure that we achieve the maximum points," he added.
Couple the recent results with the prospect of a spot in the next phase of the competition as well as the result of last year's final and a mouth-watering prospect ensues.
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, 2 Botshelo Mfulwane, 1 Nicholas Stothard, 21 Khumbulani Siluma, 16 Dylan Paterson, 20 Thabo Ndlovu, 22 Dean Wilkinson, 18 Lucky Mathosi, 23 Vuze-Umuze Khoza.
NMMU Squad: 24 Lyndsay Jennings, 12 Onela Beqezi, 5 Athini Bisha, 16 Lundi Balfour, 13 Vuyolwethu Marele, 19 Karabo Motlhabi, 6 Kurt Duff (captain), 10 Cloudius Sangandira, 18 Olwethu Ngako, 14 Simamkele Thobi, 8 Lukhanyo Rasmeni, 1 Matthew Booysen, 21 Kevin Kevido, 4 Zukisani Mtendeni, 20 Litha Fingo, 17 Sacin Jackson, 11 Kieran Koert, 9 Lukhanyo Ndabeta.
Date: Monday, 1 September
Venue: Tuks Stadium, Pretoria
Time:19.00 (Televised live on SuperSport 10)


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