Central University of Technology 1(3) – 1(4) University of Johannesburg
In a dusty Bloemfontein, the Central University of Technology had an opportunity to further rewrite their own history when they faced a buoyant University of Johannesburg for a place in the Varsity Football final.
The match began at a low tempo with the visitors having the lion’s share of the ball. Soon after both teams had settled, CUT were awarded a penalty, with Sbongeleni Gamede going into the book. Tshepo Tshikare stepped up to fire low through the centre of the goal.
A rash challenge on Tebogo Mandyu saw Karabo Mojafi being the second man to be recorded in the book. UJ were soon awarded a freekick just outside the box. Dane Fortuin calmly slotted past the wall and into the net. However, the goal was disallowed for an offside player, much to the dismay of the visitors. Deep into the half, Sbongeleni Gamede nearly halted the hearts of the home supporters when he struck the upright with a timely header.
On the hour mark, Zolani Ligunya came to CUT’s rescue when he expertly parried a Gamede shot over the bar. Following the resultant corner, UJ were awarded a freekick just outside the box. Tebogo Mandyu failed to beat the wall as the ball struck a teammate and went out for a goal kick. Against the run of play, Gamede teed off substitute Tshepo Tolo, who equalised through a deflection, that looped over the keeper’s head and into CUT’s goals.
CUT’s Taole Rakgomo could have killed off the game when his shot was blocked in the box. That was to be the last real chance as the match went into a penalty shoot-out. In the end, UJ’s Mpumelelo Motsoahole dived to his right, to save Keitumetse Mabathoana shot, and CUT’s fifth penalty, sending his teammates into ecstasy as they progressed to the final with a 4-3 victory on penalties.
FNB Man of the Match: Tumelo Njoti (CUT)
CUT: Tshepo Tshikare (P)
UJ: Tshepo Tolo
CUT: Zolani Ligunya (GK); Lehloa Morena, Tshepo Tshikare, Bongani Matsemela (c), Sello Mokhele, Karabo Mojafi, Tumelo Njoti, Keitumetse Mabathoana, Cameron Chweu, Abrahm Singozo, Katleho Motaung.
Subs: Mpho Motsoahole (GK), Pule Thaele, Elliot Mekwa, Vusi Vena, Rakgomo Taole, Neo Sebudi,; Katleho Molakeng.
UJ: Mpumelelo Sambo (GK), Given Msimango, Matthew Edwards, Funnynight Sisimogang, Dane Fortuin, Hayden Slava, Samuel Warder, Tebogo Mandyu, Katlego Ntsabeleng, Wade Rowe, Sbongeleni Gamede
Subs: Simphiwe Xaba (GK), Pogise Mabote, Rufino Sanunda, Tshepo Tolo, Jared Abrahams, Melusi Mahlaba, Ruwell Jagger
CUT: Karabo Mojafi, Morena Lehloa, Abrahm Singozo
UJ: Sbongeleni Gamede, Matthew Edwards
By Sam Styrax
Tshwane University of Technology 0(4) – 0(3) North West University Mafikeng
TUT are through to the Varsity Football final for second time in succession after beating University of North West-Mafikeng 4-3 on penalties at the TUT stadium.
The game between TUT and NWU was forced to go to penalties after both teams were locked at 0-0 after regulation time. Goalkeeper Lloyd Morulane was hero for the home team after saving one of the penalties before scoring his own, to send the TUT crowd into frenzy.
TUT are now set to meet University of Johannesburg in the finals in Tshwane on September 22.
Both teams started the game in a high gear, with NWU relying much on their counter attack, but failed to find the back of the net and soon the referee blew his whistle for half time. TUT coach, Bushy Moloi brought in Tumelo Mowa and Sakhile Mthembu in search of goals, but still failed to break the deadlock.
NWU striker Tshepo Modire was cursing the soccer gods after he failed to score having rounding goalkeeper Morulane and only needing to pass the ball into the net. But it was cleared before it could cross the goal line, much to the disbelief of the supporters, crammed into the stadium. The regulation 90 minutes were up and the match went to penalties.
The TUT crowd soon stormed the field, after Morulane scored the winning penalty in celebration of another final to be hosted by the institution, on September 22. TUT scored their initial penalties through Hlalele, Sibiya and Motau whilet Ribabu missed. NWU found the back of the net during the penalty shoutouts through Martin, Mediro and Makgopela, but Ngwenya’s penalty was saved by Morulane Mateis, missing the target.
FNB Man of the Match: Lloyd Morulane (TUT)
TUT starting XI: Lloyd Morulane, Terrence Mashego, Rorisang Rapelang, Collen Ribabu, Elliot Seema, Sipho Sibiya, Katlego Kgetjepe, Thabang Motau, Sakhile Mthembum, Sibusiso Ndlovu, Jacob Hlalele
Subs: Godfrey Mahlale, Thabiso Sibisi, Tumelo Mowa, Thatohatsi Santos, Tlotlo Mothibedi
NWU-Mafikeng starting XI: Amogelang Maduo (GK); Tshepo Desmond, Mojuda Matlhanyane, Sifiso Ngwenya, Wendelle Martin, Sipho Mateis, Vusumuzi Ludwala, Sandile Mbatha (c), Orebotse Mongae, Mogomotsi Molefe, Thapelo Tlabakwe.
Subs: Luzuko Jevuka (GK); Thabang Makgwane, Tshepo Baholo, Katlego Banda, Tshepo Mediro, Koketso Motsile, Tebogo Mokgobo.
By Ernest Fakude
TUT will host UJ for the finals on 22 September 2016.