The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) male football team have magnificently positioned themselves in the driving seat of the 2018 Varsity Football competition, following their emphatic 2-1 win over neighbours University of Pretoria (Up-Tuks) in an exciting clash, dubbed the #TshwaneDerby at the Tuks Stadium last night.
The “Red Machine” as the team is affectionately known, completely dominated the opening stanza of the match and were deserved 1-0 leaders towards the half time, following a seater that was scored by dribbling wizard Lebogang “the vandal” Phatlane, 11 minutes into the first half.
When the two teams returned from half time, the home side tried to redeem themselves but TUT’s defence was just rock-solid.
A lack of concentration and communication between Tuks’ backline, allowed coach bushy Moloi’s “seat back and counter attack” strategy to give Lebogang another opportunity to add his name to the score sheet again, earning himself a brace to extend TUT’s lead while widening the gap to 2-0.
The second goal proved to have increased TUT’s cushion and although the hosts tried to show more purpose and threat in the dying minutes of the match coach Bushy’s defence was not overly troubled under the stewardship of Captain Elliot Seema.
When the game was left with just 10 seconds of the three minutes of referee’s added time, TUT’s defence lost tactical awareness and conceded a free header that handed the home side a consolidation goal to hide the embarrassment of losing their first match in their own yard.
In a post-match interview, coach Bushy said, his lads have been training hard from the beginning of June with new players recruited from different campuses. Bushy applauded new faces like Godfrey Mohlala and Brian Thoba, he said the guidance of experienced captain Seema and Vusi Sibiya with a mixture of sensational Lebogang Phatlane was a recipe for his side’s victory tonight.
“We still have other games and we will see how all new players like Nape Mangoele who is yet to perform. Overall a win against Tuks is actually a bonus but we shouldn’t get too excited because the work has just started,” Bushy said.
According Kegoikantse Kgomo, Senior Sport Organiser, the team has done very well despite playing away from their 12th man. He said this is another season where they can go all the way and make this Peoples University super proud.
“We request more prayers from the TUT family and also academic support as our players will be mostly away and missing lectures. We will try our outmost to do well away from home,” he added.
Check out the highlights of the match:
FNB Player of the Match: Lebogang Phatlane (TUT)
Samsung Moment of Brilliance: Lebogang Phatlane (TUT)
Debonairs Real Deal Saver: Sikhumbuzo Ncube (TUT)
Goals: Phatlane (2)
UP-Tuks: Giovanni Idi (GK), Jürgen Booysen, Simbogile Njokwe (C), Chinedu Lawrence Okolo, Sabelo Tsambo, Claudio De Almeida, Katlego Motlhatsang, Tojotiana Andriamialy, Jeremiah Nkwana, Richard Moremi, Nhlanhla Mabaso.
Subs: Athenkosi Jojo, Simthembile Ndimande, Kagiso Mabusela, Dylan Murchie, Siphesihle Sosibo, Lebohang Patrick Montueli, Tshimologo Huma.
TUT: Sikhumbuzo Ncube (GK), Rorisang Rapelang, Elliot Seema, Vusi Sibiya, Tumelo Mphela, Ogorositswe Tabane, Brian Tshoba, Godfrey Mahlale, Lebogang Phatlane, Thabiso Lebitso, Siyamthanda Topi
Subs: Mpho Nhlapo, Paul Mnisi, Emmanuel Mahlangu, Jack Leputu, Nape Mangoale, Siphamandla Zanekile.
By Mokete Radebe