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TUT's Stars Are Aligned

Everything is pointing towards Tshwane University of Technology becoming the new Varsity Football champions after a simply sensational season.

They have been in this situation before as well but fell short of the ultimate prize. Since that defeat, they have remained unbeaten - eight matches thus far - and have shown no signs of letting go of that record.

The 2016 Varsity Football Final will be contested at the TUT Stadium in Pretoria against the University of Johannesburg on September 22.

Here is why TUT will become champions!

Getting the monkey off their back

The loss against UWC in the 2015 Final will be fresh in the minds of TUT's coaching staff, players and supporters. So that, in itself, will be the driving force behind them wanting to go one better this year and get the monkey off their back.

The continuity is there

Continuity is key in an annual tournament like this. Typically, a team would work on a three-year cycle as players conclude their tertiary education. TUT are at the peak of their cycle, which means they have retained about 80 percent of the 2015 squad. The squad has built up enough experience to understand coach Bushy Moloi's structures as well as understanding the players around them on the field of play.

Home ground advantage

The TUT Stadium has become a fortress this season. The boisterous home fans have been witness to their team claiming 10 of a possible 12 points. That record alone proves just how good they are at home and how much they love playing there.

Protecting the streak

TUT have managed to remain unbeaten in the 2016 edition of the competition and they would like to end it the way they started - with a victory. If they manage to do so, they will achieve the amazing goal of extending their unbeaten streak to nine consecutive matches.

Revenge

UJ were the first of just two teams to emerge with a point after playing 90 minutes against TUT. Not only that but the Johannesburg students achieved that at the TUT Stadium. The home side will have that Round Four encounter on their minds and would want to show their loyal fans that they are better than the performance they gave on that night.

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