The action came thick and fast in round 1 of the 2023 Varsity Football competition. Here are the players who made their mark in those hotly-contested matches.
Ethan Goldstone (UFS)
Midfielder Ethan Goldstone had an outstanding game for UFS against the TUT. The lanky player had a few good touches to put his teammates into good positions on the attack. It was especially in the second half where he upped the tempo and his work rate. When he had the ball by his feet one just got the feeling that something might happen. On the defensive, he was also solid and the opposition had to be crafty to get past him.
Aphelele Sibisi (NWU)
Wearing the number 21 jersey in NWU’s opening round match against UJ, Sibisi certainly made his presence felt in his position as midfielder. Despite not having played for some time, being a first-year student and playing in his first Varsity Football, he showcased exceptional talent on the field. NWU coach, Amos Xabanisa was full of praise for Aphelele's performance, noting that he played a crucial role, executing the necessary instructions with precision.
Riyaaz Koopstadt (UWC)
At the heart of every UWC attack was Riyaaz Koopstadt. The midfielder pulled all the strings against CUT and he was duly awarded with the man-of-the-match accolade. Koopstadt's numerous runs into CUT's defensive end eventually wielded the desired results, as a well-placed shot earned saw his side drawing the encounter.
Ntokozo Mgidi (VUT)
VUT’s Ntokozo Mgidi stood out for his team in their victory over UFH. Their game revolved around him, and he was always available in the right spaces. Another hallmark of Ntokozo's playing was that he was a threat for the UFH defence and consistently beat his opponents in one-on-one situations. He was always seeking the opportunity to shoot with his superb right foot and was fortunate enough to score.
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