The men’s football team of the Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, is aiming for one of the top four spots in this year’s Varsity Football Cup. Achieving this objective will qualify them for the semi-finals, which will bring them closer to their maiden cup final. The CUT outfit is compelled to win the two remaining fixtures or, at the very least, draw one and win one, to secure a semi-final spot for the second year in a row. The remaining matches are against the University of Fort Hare (UFH) and the University of Pretoria (Tukkies). The CUT side is currently in fourth position with nine points and can accomplish their mission by beating UFH in the game taking place in Bloemfontein on Thursday (31/08). Kick-off is at 18:00 at the CUT Stadium.The visitors from the Eastern Cape are yet to impress in a game since the tournament commenced early in July. CUT’s next fixture away from home is on 7 September against Tukkies in Pretoria. They must win or draw this game to qualify for the semi-final.Excluding today’s (30/08) matches, only one round is left to determine the four university sides to compete in the semi-final. CUT is one of the four favourites to reach the semi-final. The other favourites include the teams of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). One point separates the top-seeded four teams, with TUT topping the ladder with ten points, followed by UWC, UJ and CUT with nine points respectively. The chances of CUT to qualify for the semi-finals depend heavily on the side’s Jacob Taole, who is the second leading goal scorer with three goals thus far.