Must-win for CUT

2016-09-07 06:00
LETLHOGONOLO SISIMOGANG of the University of Johannesburg (orange) will again faces Cameron Chweu of the Central University of Technology Free State in the semi-final on Thursday (08/09). Photo: Supplied

LETLHOGONOLO SISIMOGANG of the University of Johannesburg (orange) will again faces Cameron Chweu of the Central University of Technology Free State in the semi-final on Thursday (08/09). Photo: Supplied

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THURSDAY’S (08/09) Varsity Football semi-final fixture between the Central University of Technology (CUT) Free State and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a must-win for both sides.

The intriguing encounter is do-or-die as they have to produce a winner to progress to the final of the university men’s football championship.

They face off in the CUT Stadium with kick-off set for 15:30. The host are expected to capitalise on home ground advantage to topple the visitors from Gauteng, who are equally determined to reach this year’s final.

Thursday is time for CUT to make history by reaching the final for the first time in their debut campaign in the Varsity Football championship.

In their first encounter in July, played in Johannesburg, a gutsy CUT held-off the tough UJ in their own backyard in Johannesburg. They shared the spoils after they ended the match gridlocked goalless.

In Thursday’s super-charged semi-final they will both be eager to reign supreme by eliminating each other to book a slot in this year’s final scheduled to be played on 22 September.

The other semi-final outing is between the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the North West University (NWU) with the winner progressing to the final. Kick-off is at 18:00.

The visitors from Johannesburg have lost two games so far in the competition, against the University of Pretoria (UP) with 0-3 and with 0-1 at the hands of the University of Western Cape (UWC).

CUT’s only loss in the tournament was against hot favourite TUT with 0-4.

CUT recovered well from the loss and displayed good fighting spirit against NWU in a fixture played on Monday, 29 August in Bloemfontein. The local lads have drawn three games and won three while UJ have two draws and three wins.

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