Two-Time Champs UP-Tuks Hope To Bounce Back Against Wits
Two-Time Champs University Of Pretoria-Tuks Hope To Bounce Back Against Wits University
We are into the fifth week of the fifth edition of Varsity Football.
TUT and UWC top the table in position one and two, respectively. UWC striker Phiwokuhle Mpalala and TUT star Themba Ndlovu lead the goal scoring charts with Mpalala on four goals in four matches and Ndlovu close on his heels with three goals. TUT head into the Round Five as firm favourites despite facing a resurgent UWC side at TUT Stadium on Monday.
This week there will be three matches taking place with UWC and TUT fixture postponed until 28 August due to TUT having their SRC elections.
UP-Tuks v Wits
Despite a rather shaky start to their 2017 campaign, UP-Tuks are not completely out of the run for a semi-final spot. The match scheduled for Round Four against UFH was postponed due to a bulk of the UP-Tuks players being on duty for South Africa at the World Student Games. This should give Wits an indication that the side they are facing is laden with some excellent talent.
Wits suffered a shocking defeat in the opening round against UWC and a 4-1 loss a week later against NWU. The Johannesburg side bounced back against CUT with a 2-0 win. Wits occupy the sixth position while UP-Tuks are one point behind them in the seventh spot. Both these sides will be desperate for a win so expect a fierce encounter.
NWU v CUT
Poised in third position NWU will be hoping that they can make up ground on the top two sides after a 4-0 defeat at the hands of UWC last week. CUT have lost their last two matches after getting off to the perfect start with two wins against UJ and UWC. The match takes place in North-West.
Top striker for NWU, Sandile Mbatha will be hoping he can help his side back to winning ways. Mbatha is tied with two other players as the second highest goal scorer with three goals, so far this season. CUT star players Taole Rakgomo and Mpho Molwatse will have to be in fine form against the home side. Molwatse came very close in last week's clash against TUT, in beating TUT's brilliant keeper Sikhumbuzo Ncube.
NWU Versatile back Wendelle Martin, who has won Samsung Best Shot award against Wits, will be a thorn in the flesh of CUT. Rakgomo and co. will have to be at their very best if they are to stun NWU in their own backyard.
UJ v UFH
The team from Johannesburg are coming off an impressive 4-1 in the Gauteng derby against Wits. UJ are currently in fourth spot, familiar territory for the men in orange as they have never failed to qualify for the Varsity Football semi-finals in the two previous appearances. UFH, on the other hand, have not found the back of the net in three games. The Alice side has conceded 14 goals which is an average of 4 goals per game.
UJ striker Tebogo Mandya will be looking to add to his goal scoring tally. Other standout players for UJ include Manqoba Luvuno, Kenneth Langa, Pogiso Mabote and Shaune Mogaila who have all been included in the starting lineup for this week. These fine players have each scored for UJ in the last four matches.
A win for the 2016 runners-up will mean that they could consolidate their top four finish as the tournament is nearing the business end of the season.