Mafikeng – North-West University (NWU) was forced to work hard for its 1-0 Varsity Football victory over a determined University of the Western Cape (UWC) in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Mafikeng.
Although they will be happy with the three log points, NWU by no means had things all their own way as UWC showed they will be a force to be reckoned with this season. NWU made a convincing start to the game as they pressed forward with purpose, testing the UWC defence which was without the calming presence of injured captain Cleo Popkas.
That translated into the opening goal as a clever ball into the box was turned home by Mogomotsi Molefe to give NWU an early 1-0 lead.
UWC managed to string together a few promising movements of their own, but NWU always looked threatening going forward in front of their vocal home crowd. The visitors grew in confidence towards the end of the first half, and did not allow the dangerous NWU forwards much space at all as they went into the half-time break with a slender 1-0 lead.
The start of the second half saw NWU pile on the pressure, and UWC goalkeeper Reon October had to be on top of his game to keep the lead at 1-0.The pace of the game started to catch up with the UWC side who were battling to deal with playing at altitude, but still managed to create a few good chances of their own.
The game opened up in the final stages as both sides pressed for a goal, but it was not to be as NWU held on for a tough victory in front of their expectant home crowd. FNB man of the match: Reon October.
Bringing much of the excitement often seen at American baseball games, Varsity Sports events are renowned as much for their athletic mettle as they are for their showmanship, with flashy cheerleaders, pyrotechnics, thumping music and blaring fans.
The concept is that of a playground, where the best footballers can test themselves against their peers. Market-leading brands sponsor the platform, with Samsung, Debonairs Pizza, FNB, Cell C and Jet Mart as the lead football sponsors.
CEO for Varsity Sports, Duitser Bosman says,“The excitement and quality of Varsity Football is what draws the crowds to these events. These high-energy events are well organised and offer huge spectator entertainment.”
Marketing Executive for Varsity Sports, Guy Loxton added: “Varsity Sports is seeing many promising sportsmen and women successfully compete at its events and gain the attention they deserve.”
The third round of Varsity Football will roll out from 04th August, 2014 in Bellville, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Mafikeng. With seven more weeks of non-stop and explosive football action to look forward to, get yourself down to games in your province to experience next week Monday’s excitement first hand. Matches commence at 16:45, 18:00 and 19:00.
For those living further afield, be sure to watch all the drama unfold by following non-stop Varsity Sports action on SuperSport channels 210 and 204 next Monday. The programme follows:
|DATE||NO||TIME||HOME TEAM||VS||AWAY TEAM||VENUE||TV|
|04-Aug-14||9||16:45||UWC||vs||KOVSIES||UWC SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|11||18:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||UCT||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM|
|12||18:00||NWU||vs||LIMPOPO||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM|
|14||19:00||NWU||vs||UCT||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|15||18:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||UWC||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM|
|18-Aug-14||17||16:45||KOVSIES||vs||NMMU MADIBAZ||SHIMLA PARK||√|
|20||18:00||UWC||vs||LIMPOPO||UWC SPORTS STADIUM|
|25-Aug-14||21||16:45||NWU||vs||UJ||NWU MAFIKENG SPORTS STADIUM||√|
|22||19:00||NMMU MADIBAZ||vs||LIMPOPO||NMMU MADIBAZ STADIUM||√|
|23||18:00||UWC||vs||TUKS||UWC SPORTS STADIUM|
|24||18:00||UCT||vs||KOVSIES||UCT RUGBY FIELDS|
|01-Sep-14||25||16:45||UCT||vs||UWC||UCT RUGBY FIELDS||√|
|26||19:00||TUKS||vs||NMMU MADIBAZ||TUKS STADIUM||√|
|28||18:00||UJ||vs||LIMPOPO||BUNTING ROAD CAMPUS SPORTS COMPLEX|
|08-Sep-14||29||16:45||2ND ON LOG||vs||3RD ON LOG||TBC||√|
|30||19:00||1ST ON LOG||vs||4TH ON LOG||TBC||√|
|15-Sep-14||31||19:00||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||WINNER OF SEMI-FINAL||HIGHEST ON LOG||√|