So close, yet so far for CUT

2016-03-30 06:00
WINSTON MANOPOLE, captain of the Central University of Technology (CUT), strikes the ball at close range, facing Dylan Paterson, goalkeeper of the University of Pretoria, during the two teams’ clash in the University Sport South Africa men’s final played at the CUT sport complex in Bloemfontein on Friday (25/03). CUT lost by 1-2 to the visitors.      Photo: Teboho Setena

WINSTON MANOPOLE, captain of the Central University of Technology (CUT), strikes the ball at close range, facing Dylan Paterson, goalkeeper of the University of Pretoria, during the two teams’ clash in the University Sport South Africa men’s final played at the CUT sport complex in Bloemfontein on Friday (25/03). CUT lost by 1-2 to the visitors. Photo: Teboho Setena

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IT was so close, yet so far, for the Central University of Techno-logy (CUT) Free State’s men’s football team being crowned the 2016 University Sport South Africa champions.

The gutsy local boys raised the prospect to lift the title when they reached the men’s final – and had undone fellow local team University of the Free State (UFS) in the weeklong football cham-
pionship.

However, it proved otherwise, as CUT gave away the prestigious trophy when they lost by 1-2 to the equally determined contenders from the University of Pretoria (UP) in the final of the competition that featured higher institutions.

The loss shattered the CUT boys’ dream to win the championship for the first time. The local lads failed to rise to the occasion when it mattered most and thus allowed their opponents, Tukkies, to capitalise by scoring two crucial goals to their advantage.

Both goals were scored in the first stanza of the match after defensive blunders.

Trailing by 2-0 at half-time, CUT was under immense pressure to chase the score and ultimately try to win the championship.

The local warriors’ best effort was to reduce the score-line to 2-1 instead. Just how close CUT, led by coach Teboho Ramakoa, was to win the football event, was evident when they were awarded with two individual and one team award at the closing ceremony held at the UFS’s Callie Human Hall. The CUT team received the award for team of the tournament of the week-long football cham-
pionship.

Ramakoa and Abraham Sinkonzo took the two individual awards for the coach of the tournament and the top goal-scorer of the tournament. Sinkonzo banged-in six goals in the men’s category, while Kimberley Smith of the Western Cape netted ten goals in the women’s section to scoop to goal-scorer award.

The women’s team of the University of the Western Cape was crowned champions after beating the three-time winners of Tukkies by 3-1 on penalties after they had failed to produce a winner in regulation time.

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