Despite only three previous appearances in Varsity Football and the results being less than stellar, VUT are backing themselves to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2023 tournament.
The team first participated in Varsity Football in 2015, finishing sixth on the log with two wins, one draw and four defeats. It must be said though that one of the victories was over defending champions TUT (3-0). In 2021 VUT occupied the seventh spot with two wins, two draws and three losses. Last year there were two wins, one draw and four losses.
A run of good results outside of Varsity Football the last couple of years has however shown what VUT are capable of. The team managed a respectable 3-all draw against the Orlando Pirates reserve league team in 2021. In 2020 fourth-tier VUT came out of nowhere and caused a shock upset in the first round of the Nedbank Cup when they knocked PSL side Golden Arrows out.
VUT head coach Thabang Makhanya says they are ready for whatever the 2023 season throw at them.
“Our preparations have been well balanced, from intense training to game preparation. We will be finishing with some speed work and then I think all will be well. The goal this year is to reach the semis, and I believe it is achievable.”
Assistant coach Pakiso Ttjotjo echoes Makhanya.
“We are looking forward to this year's tournament and doing better than the previous editions of Varsity Football. Our main target is to make the semis, and from there, anything is possible in the game of football.”
VUT 24-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Thabiso Moeketsi, Tebobo Mosia.
Defenders: Thapelo Mphore, Roger Modiba, Perseverance Mashabane, Kgotso Nhlapho, Thokolo Medupi, Katlego Ramohloa.
Midfielders: Simamkelo Masiza, Kgabo Ngoepe, Sizwe Sibeko, Siyabonga Nombewn, Lucky Raphala, Robert Sekhaolelo, Ntokozo Mgidi.
Forwards: Jabulane Mazibuko, Sibusiso Motsepa, Karabo Maghashalala, Tebogo Gasenewe, Sibusiso Baloyi, Kgomoeswana Kgahlisho, Ndzalama Whati, Singo Thabiso, Karabo Ntuli.
VUT kick off their campaign against UFH on Thursday 27 July at the Davidson Stadium (15:00).