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Players that impressed in round 3

Things are starting to take shape in the 2023 Varsity Football competition. Various players are coming to the fore, using their time in the spotlight to put in some stellar performances.

Here are our standout players of round 3.

Sanele Ndlalane (UJ)

Sanele Ndlalane was exceptional in the first half, scoring two goals against VUT and giving UJ their first three points of the 2023 campaign. He also created three chances and made three dribbles. In the second half, Ndlalane moved to full-back to defend his two goals and prevent the visiting team from scoring. He made two tackles, won three aerial balls, won two ball recoveries and made two crosses. He was impactful on attack and defence and was a serious contender for player of the match.

Ronald Mabaso (TUT)

Scoring four goals in his previous outing, Ronald Mabaso yet again proved instrumental in securing a victory for defending champions TUT. He put in an impressive performance, consistently posing a challenge to NWU's defence, on and off the ball. Mabaso’s determination and contributions were duly recognised in the 69th minute when he netted the opening goal for TUT, displaying remarkable ball control.

Boy Ranstoti (UFS)

Boy, Ranstoti had a big game for UFS against UWC. He brought a lot of energy to the field and he was superb on the attack as well as in defence. The striker certainly made his presence felt and his sublime match-winning goal in the first half of the game was the cherry on the cake. It was his best match of the season and he showed exactly why he was instrumental in helping UFS to the semi-finals in 2022. Ranstoti rightly deserved the player of the match accolade and despite his smaller stature, he stood head-and-shoulders above the rest.

Lefa Matlase (CUT)

Despite a goalless draw against UFH at home, Lefa Matlase was a standout for CUT. He dominated the left side of the field and was a rock on defence. Matlase’s forward runs had him playing as a secondary winger at times, slinging balls towards the opposition's box on multiple occasions.

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