CUT aims for the final

2017-09-13 06:01
Keitumetse Mabathoana, frontman of the Central University of Technology, Free State, will lead his team in a semi-final against ???? on Thursday (14/09). Photo: Supplied

Keitumetse Mabathoana, frontman of the Central University of Technology, Free State, will lead his team in a semi-final against ???? on Thursday (14/09). Photo: Supplied

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The remarkable form of the Central University of Technology’s (CUT) men’s football team has earned them a place in the semi-final in this year’s Varsity Football Cup.

The team’s 12 points were enough to qualify. CUT is the only institution taking part in the competition of the FS two universities which include the University of the Free State. Kovsie did not participate in the event this year as was the case in 2016.

This is the second year running that CUT’s side claims a spot in the semi-final.

The other semi-finalists are the University of the Western Cape,from Cape Town, the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria, both from Pretoria.

Having qualified for the semi-final, CUT’s players have it in their hands to secure a slot in this year’s final to make up for last year’s failure.

Last year, under the guidance of former coach Teboho Ramakoa, CUT gave away their chance to play in the final when they lost 1 – 2 to the University of Pretoria (Tukkies).

The current coach of CUT, Benny Rakometsi, now has the daunting task of leading the team to its maiden cup final.

Such an achievement would see Rakometsi, a former Welkom Stars and Bloemfontein Young Tigers player, surpass his predecessor Ramakoa, who only managed to guide CUT to the semi-final in its maiden year in the competition.

Now the CUT players are a step closer to their dream cup final.

The team earned their place in the semi-final by beating achieved this after a gallant fight, beatingother contesting universities such as the North-West University, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg and the University of Fort Hare to top four available spots of the semi-final.

However, CUT’s semi-final clash against ????? will not be played at home.

The Tshwane University of Technology and the University of the Western Cape automatically will not play the semi-final outing at home soil as is the case with TUT and UWC. The two institutions secured semi-finals at home by finishing in the first and second position respectively.

Last year, CUT was privileged to play their semi-final match in front of their home crowd in Bloemfontein as they finished second on the log of the competition.

The two semi-final matches are scheduled to take place tomorrow (14/09). The final will be played on 28 September at a venue still to be confirmed.

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