NWU manage to pull off an important upset away from home to increase their chances of reaching the knockout stages of Varsity Football, as they beat UJ 3-0 on Thursday night.
The match began in edgy fashion as both teams had a feel for one another, the wet pitch making it hard for the players to get comfortable and pass along the pitch. Visitors, NWU, aiming to throw everything they had at UJ. Cameron Chweu played well for NWU and looked like the man who might break the deadlock, linking up very well for his fellow teammates. It was such an important game for both teams that the tension as palpable at the UJ AW Muller stadium.
It was a tough first half for UJ, who were not able to stamp their authority in the game as the home team. NWU were playing like they got nothing to lose, taking advantage of a UJ midfield that was not compact enough, leaving the defence vulnerable and forcing Dane Fortuin to make a late tackle on the edge of the box. Cameron Chweu managed to squeeze the resulting free kick below the wall and Sandile Mabtha was on top of the rebound, 0-1 to NWU.
Towards end of the first half, the NWU boys looked focused and ready to fight for all three points. UJ were conceding a lot of corners, as it was looking far from the performance the fans expected.
In the second half UJ came out guns blazing with Manqoba Luvuno blasting one just over the crossbar. It was end to end stuff in Johannesburg as UJ were desperate to get a handle on the game. The Mafikeng boys changed their strategy, aiming to catch the home side on a counter, which paid off when Cameron Chweu capitalized again. This time the UJ keeper, Damaine van der Walt fumbled the ball and Chweu made no mistake. The lead doubled – NWU up by two.
UJ were desperate and Katlego Ntsabaleng was introduced to inject some pace up front. Ntsabaleng and Fredericks combined well, but when Fredericks missed a free header and Pogiso Mabote hit the upright it was clear that it wasn’t going to be UJ’s day.
In the dying minutes, NWU managed to put the final nail in the coffin through Mabtha, as they wrapped up all three points.
The match ended 3-0 to NWU, who moved up to second on the log with 10 points.
FNB Player of the Match: Tebogo Mokgobo (NWU)
Samsung Best Shot Award: Sandile Mbatha (NWU)
Goals: Cameron Chweu, Sandile Mbatha, Richard Baholo
UJ: Damaine van der Walt, Hayden Slava, Kenneth Langa, Dane Fortuin, Karabo Malete, Potoko Mametja, Shaune Mogaila, Ziyaad Fredericks, Pogiso Mabote, Tebogo Mandyu, Manqoba Luvuno
Subs: Alan Mabuza, Simphiwe Maphanga, Katlego Ntsabeleng, Sthembiso Manana, Welcome Masemola, Thapelo Molefe, Wade Rowe
NWU: Kennedy Bonolo Ntuane, Gift Mpho Mogorosi, Mojuba Johannes Matlhanyane, Oratile Mothoagae, Tshepo D Makgopela, Mogomosti Molefe, Sandile E Mabtha, Tebogo Mokgobo, Tshepo Richard Baholo, Cameron M Chweu
Subs: Luzuko Jevuka, Vusimuzi Ludwala, Olebile Lethoko, Tshegofatso Malepe, Khosto Moleta, Michael Smit, Vincent Langa