Jeremiah Nkwana’s sublime free-kick in the 75th minute ensured a victory for UP-TUKS against UJ in the Varsity Football final at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus sports complex.
ball final at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus sports complex.
UP-TUKS successfully defended their title after winning against an unbeaten UJ side that was difficult to break down. Just as any final this one was tense with the midfielders cancelling each other out in the early stages. Both teams were creating half chances but none could convert.
Jeremiah Nkwana’s technique from set-pieces was proving to be a menace for UJ as he tested the UJ goalie early in the match. UP-TUKS aerial threat was causing all sorts of problems as UJ were committing too many fouls allowing the tall defenders from UP-TUKS to go forward.
Ruben De Freitas started making runs on the right side but his crosses were not accurate as he couldn’t find his striker and that concluded the goalless first half. With the coach’s words buzzing in the player’s minds the second half started off with UJ taking the game to defending champions who stood their ground well and defended firmly.
Lucky Mathosi’s battle with the player of the tournament and UJ captain Grant Bruchhausen was intense with both the players looking for the winner for their respective teams. It took a splendid free-kick from Jeremiah Nkwana to separate the two giants, his effort rattled the cross-bar first then hit the back of the net in the 75th minute.
UJ gave it their all but the UP-TUKS defence marshalled by Captain Lawrence Ntswane was resilient and stood firm until the final whistle to grant UP-TUKS their second Varsity Football title in succession.
FNB Man of the match: Jeremiah Nkwana
Samsung Super Striker: Jeremiah Nkwana
UJ: 16 Mduduzi Khumalo, 22 Wisdom Mathebula, 2 Mathew Edwards, 5 Lerato Tleane, 23 Tebogo Mandyu, 12 Kaylan More, 21 Grant Bruchhausen (c), 11 Tshepo Tolo, 7 Ruben De Freitas, 13 Sandro Claro, 14 Carl Clements
UP-TUKS: 32 Lebo Ngubeni, 13 Lindsay Stowman, 4 Lawrence Ntswane (c), 5 Simbongile Njokwe, 15 Jarryd Van Den Berg, 20 Thabo Ndlovu, 10 Jeremiah Nkwana, 11 Richard Moremi, 9 Mbongeni Masilela, 18 Lucky Mathosi