There were a handful of great performances as the halfway mark of the 2023 Varsity Football delivered some dramatic results, including a stunning victory for UWC over defending champions TUT and an epic away win for VUT over UFS.
Here are our standout players of round 4.
Leandro de Sousa (UWC)
Striker Leandro de Sousa was a standout, winning most of UWC’s high-long balls and intimidating the TUT defence with his speed while creating scoring chances for his side. It is no wonder he was delighted with his performance: “This is a massive win and a huge statement for us. Personally, I haven't scored many goals and as a striker, it is my job, it's a little bittersweet but we will take it."
Ntokozo Mgidi (VUT)
Midfielder Ntokozo Mgidi had a massive impact against UFS. He ran good lines and put himself in the correct place at exactly the right time and deserved his brace of goals, with the first coming within 20 seconds of the kick-off. If it was not for the woodwork, he would have recorded a hat trick.
Siphosihle Nkambule (UJ)
Centre forward Siphosihle Nkambule was very impressive, getting the equaliser on the stroke of halftime. This after missing 18 minutes into the game. He got his second of the game in the second half after a clumsy mistake from the UFH defenders. Nkambule had the most touches in the opponent's box, created three goal-scoring opportunities and helped UJ get their second home win.
Kanalelo Motsoeneng (NWU)
NWU captain Kanalelo Motsoeneng’s unwavering consistency, defensive prowess and exceptional leadership were notable. He had a strong presence at the back and greatly contributed to the team's performance. His leadership qualities also proved pivotal in guiding and motivating his teammates on the field.
Make sure to watch round 5 on 24 August and keep an eye out to see if they continue their fine form.