Crunch Time For Securing Varsity Football Semi-final Spots
With only two rounds remaining ahead of the Varsity Football playoff phase, the pressure is certainly mounting.
There are no out-and-out frontrunners this season like in previous years when Tshwane University of Technology dominated the league stage, although the University of Johannesburg are the form team in the competition in 2018, topping the log with 13 points due to their unbeaten run that includes four wins and a draw.
Just like TUT had the star of the competition last year in Themba Ndlovu, this year UJ have the showstopper in the form of Mokete Mogaila. The UJ striker has put five goals in the back of the net already in just four games.
UJ have a tough away fixture against University of Western Cape this week against a team that are desperate for points. UWC have enjoyed a frustrating 2018 campaign, with the Bellville-based team languishing in sixth place with just four points.
Last week was a case in point for Salie Adams’s team with UWC leading 2-0 away to basement dwellers University of KwaZulu-Natal, only to be held to a 3-3 draw in the rain in Durban. The draw also meant that the “bad travellers” tag continues to haunt UWC, and they know anything but a full house against the log-leaders on Thursday at the “Operation Room” will see their playoff chances evaporate.
The middle of table is as congested as a Cairo traffic jam with from second-placed Wits to fifth-placed UP Tuks separated by just two points. Wits have the “easier” run-in this week though with a tussle against the University of Limpopo, who have only managed one point this season. A victory for Wits should virtually secure their semi-final place.
TUT will also look to get back to winning ways against UKZN in Durban after their defeat to UJ last week, but it will be much tougher for UP-Tuks against North WestUniversity in Pretoria on Thursday.
UP-Tuks will certainly look to maintain their momentum after their 2-0 victory over UL last week.