It is now a two-week wait before the 2023 Men’s Varsity Football final on Thursday 28 September between defending champions TUT and UJ in Soweto. The same two teams contested last year’s final.
Both semi-finals were decided by penalty shoot-outs, with UJ victorious over NWU and TUT beating UWC.
These are the players who impressed.
Makoti Maselesele (UJ)
Skipper Makoti Maselesele was exceptional in the Orange Army’s victory over NWU, leading by example from the back and marshalling the last line of defence. He completely outplayed NWU forward Reatlegile Kgosithebewho had zero shots on target in the first 45 minutes of the game and only one in the last 10 minutes of the game. Maselesele won 90% of the aerial balls, made six tackles, two dribbles, one shot at goal and scored a penalty.
Lindokuhle Motsamai (TUT)
Even though TUT never had a home game this season and had to travel to Cape Town to beat UWC in their semi-final encounter, the defending champions now have a chance for back-to-back titles. Lindokuhle Motsamai was the standout player in the semi-finals and after the game said he just did what he was asked to do: “We did what the coach asked us to do, we stuck to our game plan and we knew UWC will be hard as they have a strong side. I had a good game, pity I didn't score but I'm happy to [have] contributed.”