UP-TUKS will have another chance to defend their Varsity Football title after they defeated North West University 5-4 in penalties in Mafikeng.
NWU are yet to defeat UP-TUKS in the Varsity Football tournament after they lost to the defending champions in the semi-final of the 2013 edition of the tournament. The semi-final atmosphere was fired up by the fans who came in numbers to support NWU.
The visitors were dealt a major blow as 3rd choice AmaTuks goal keeper Lebo Ngubeni got injured during warm up and was replaced by Debutant Dylan Patterson.
The first 15 minutes were tense and physical and this resulted in multiple stoppages and injuries before half-time. Tshenolo Machwisa had his goal disallowed after he was adjudged to be off-side. Lucky Mathosi’s height was proving to be a problem for the home side as he was winning most aerial balls but he couldn’t find the target most of the time.
UP-TUKS captain Lawrence Ntswane also had a goal disallowed for off-side. The 2nd half started off in a similar fashion to that of the second half as chances were few and far between. Kagiso Modimoeng had the best chance in the 2nd half after he fired his effort over Patterson’s goal.
The two giants exchanged blows for the remainder of the 2nd half and there was no separating the two juggernauts. The semi-final then required penalties to separate the two teams.
The quality of the penalties was impressive as both teams converted their first four penalties but Kagiso Modimoeng was to be remembered for his penalty as it was saved by Debutant Dylan Patterson. UP-TUKS captain Lawrence Ntswane stepped up to take the fifth penalty for his side and he converted to send his charges to the final.
FNB Man of the Match: Jarryd Van Den Berg
Samsung Super Striker: Jeremiah Nkwana
NWU: 1 Amogelang Maduo,7 Sipho Mateis, 2 Lebogang Phetlu (c), 5 Kyle Amon, 20 Tseko Weevris, 6 Sandile Mbatha, Matsobane Matsi, 13 Thatohatsi Santos, 10 Orebotse Mongae, 9 Tshenolo Machwisa, 11 Lindani Dudula
UP-TUKS: 32 Dylan Patterson, 4 Lawrence Ntswane (c), 8 Nicholas Killas, 13 Lindsay Stowman, 20 Thabo Ndlovu, 10 Jeremiah Nkwana, 11 Richard Moremi, 5 Simbongile Njokwe, 15 Jarryd Van Den Berg, 9 Mbongeni Masilela, 18 Lucky Mathosi