After UJ finished the round-robin stage in style drawing one-all against defending champions TUT, the log leaders now host NWU at the UJ Soweto Campus Stadium in Thursday’s first semi-final of the 2023 Men’s Varsity Football competition.
The Orange Army should be regarded as the favourites following their great run in the tournament, which consisted of four victories and three draws. They have the best defence only conceding two goals and scoring ten, with Sanele Ndlalane and Siphosihle Nkambule contributing three each.
UJ captain Makoti Maselesele says the aim is to play nine games in this year’s Varsity Football competition, It is everyone’s dream, and they are currently on the right foot to achieve that.
He asserts the team is very grateful to have gained the home semi-final advantage as they have been getting maximum points at home. He hopes the momentum and belief continue.
UJ has been one of the fortunate teams to not have specific goal scorers, which makes them more threatening as everyone is capable of putting the ball into the back of the net.
Maselesele believes that their style of play and the philosophy of coach Karabo Mogudi allow the boys to be more involved in the build-up play. This is more likely to get anyone to the final third to have a chance to score or have an assist.
by Gontse Hlophe