By Lakhe Thwala
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and University of Pretoria (UP) have advanced to the Men’s Varsity Football finals 2017. TUT secured their spot in the finals after winning 5-4 on penalties in the semi-finals against Free State based outfit Central University of Technology (CUT).
Tshwane-based outfit is considered the best team in the competition after playing 8 games, advancing to the finals with no defeat. UP secured their place in the finals after outplaying University of the Western Cape (UWC) in the semi-finals.
Both teams from Pretoria, TUT and UP, had a good tournament after their splendid performances that led both side into the finals. Bushy Moloi’s side will be playing in front of their fans after keeping their 1st position on the log, enabling them to play the final at home.
Adwa Makha from Tuks and TUT’s Themba Ndlovu, are already the candidates for the Player of the Tournament Award after successfully guiding their teams into the finals of the competition and impressive individual performances.
Ndlovu who has already registered 5 goals and 5 assists in 8 games for his side, said they are happy that they had advanced to the finals and they expected a tough game from CUT.
“We knew CUT will throw everything at us after we beat them in front of their fans earlier. With this win, we have advanced to the final and we are very happy as a team and we also appreciate the support from our fellow students,” Ndlovu said.
TUT Head coach, Bushi Moloi, said he thanks God for advancing into the finals for third time consecutively and he believes they stand a greater chance of winning the competition.
“We have a good team. I thank the boys for going all out in this competition and giving their best to each and every match.”
“Without God we wouldn’t have done this, that’s why I always tell my players to pray before and after the game,” Moloi indicated.
Bongani Madimba, TUKS student and football fan, said TUT is a very good side but with the quality they have in their team, they stand a greater chance of winning this competition.
“We know very well that TUT is unbeaten at this point but we will try by all means to bring it home”.
“It’s not easy playing against them but we believe we can win due to having a good team. UP students and the management believe that we’ll be the first team to defeat TUT this season,” Madimba concluded.