All eyes are on Thursday 14 September when the much-anticipated semi-finals of the 2023 Men’s Varsity Football tournaments take place.
NWU travels to Johannesburg where they will face off against UJ while for defending champions TUT it’s a long journey to Cape Town for their encounter against UWC.
Here are the players who impressed in round 7:
Damian Overmeyer (UWC)
Player of the match Damian Overmeyer opened the scoreboard for UWC and that set the tone for his team’s victory over VUT. Maybe it’s best to let him speak about another stellar performance: “I had a good performance [today] and this season. I enjoyed myself and I'm glad we gave it all. In my performance, I'm probably in six or seven, because there are games where I'm out of form and others like [today] where I did well. But every day I try to improve my game."
Malik Mashinini (UJ)
Malik Mashinini stole the spotlight in the absence of Tumelo Molubi in the middle of the park for the Orange Army’s match against defending champions TUT. His assist to Mongezi Mncube’s goal in the 46th minute was crucial in the Johannesburg team finishing top of the log and securing a home semi-final. He had the most touches in the opponent's half, made six dribbles, two recoveries and one tackle and was a serious contender for the Player of the Match award.
Reatlegile Kgosithebe (NWU)
NWU striker Reatlegile Kgosithebe had a brilliant game against UFH. He found the back of the net twice and made excellent half-moon runs around the UFH defence. Even though he only had a few touches of the ball in the first half his qualities as a striker can never be overlooked. Kgosithebe’s ball control and football brains as well as the hunger to score in the end made it possible to score his brace.
Sambulo Sithole (UFS)
There was nothing more than bragging rights on the table in the city match-up between UFS and CUT. This however didn’t stop UFS’ Sambulo Sithole from having a big outing, despite enjoying very limited game time this season. The young forward ran good lines to get into good field positions, and this showed by the two rebounds he collected to put into the back of the net for a brace of goals.