A big win for UWC, UJ remain top of the log, defending champs TUT finding their form and UFS salvage a draw with a man short. The contenders for semi-final spots are starting to emerge as we approach the varsity football playoffs.
Here are the standout players of round 5.
Karabo Mosisane (UJ)
Normally the UJ full back, but was playing as a right center back in the game against CUT. Mosisane and Maselesele Makoti marshalled the last defense row very well with Karabo making 3 saving tackles for UJ, winning 4 aerial balls and creating 2 chances. He also bagged another clean sheet for the Orange Army and was the main reason why CUT strikers Lehlohonolo Nkaekae and Pule Thekiso didn't have a good game.
His efforts in the victory were rewarded with the FNB Player of the Match award.
Shuaib Martin (UWC)
The UWC midfielder had a 100% pass rate in the middle of the park, bagged himself a goal and walked away with the FNB Player of the Match award.
“I am happy to be on the score sheet and win the man of the match award, we needed all these points. This week was a good week for us, we trained hard and today we stuck to our game plan. Personally, I worked hard, I mastered my game plan, I rate myself 8/10, there are still areas to improve on.”
Ronald Mabaso (TUT)
Ronald Mabaso added to his tally after scoring the TUT second goal against VUT. The Red Army talisman was TUT's focal point as they relied on his strength and speed to dominate the game.
Mabaso made the most dribbles in the first 45 minutes of the game, created 3 chances, scored 1 goal, and was one of the TUT players who made most forward passes in this fixture. Ronald is currently the tournament’s leading goal scorer with 6 goals to his name.
Ethan Goldstone (UFS)
The UFS striker was solid in the midfield and once he started hitting his stride, Boy Rantsoti, started feeding off his energy. It was no surprise that the pair linked up well for the first goal, with Goldstone tapping in the rebound following the initial strike by Rantsoti in the 33rd minute.
Goldstone can count himself unlucky not to score a brace after being flagged offside after scoring from a rebound when a thumping Lizwi Kunene strike hit the crossbar early in the second half.
He collected the FNB Player of the Match award for his efforts.