ISHMAEL MOHLABE: AmaTuks lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows in their Telkom Knockout match at Dobsonville Stadium on 5 October. Edward Manqele’s 25th-minute goal for Moroka Swallows was enough to cut short AmaTuks’s chances of advancing to the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Thabo Mosadi had a chance to score for AmaTuks early in the game. He beat the Moroka Swallows defenders before his strike from 25 yards just missed the post.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: The Tuks women’s football team beat the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 1-0 in their Sasol League match on 5 October. Tuks forward Vanessa Siakam scored the only goal of the game.
The match started slowly with the teams keeping the ball in the midfield. Neither team tested the other’s defending or attacking skills.
GABRIELLA FERREIRA: European football’s biggest club competition, the UEFA Champions League, is back and the continent’s greatest clubs are once again coming together to battle for the opportunity to be named the best team in Europe. With the tournament already underway, the question for football fans is which team has the best chance of winning the title?
The question is always tough to answer because of the unpredictable nature of the competition. Each season sees surprising results in all stages of the competition, including the final. A testament to this is the 2011/2012 final, in which a struggling Chelsea side, who had just finished sixth in their domestic league, defeated clear favourites Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first Champions League title.
Jamie Mighti: SOUTH Africa is a strange country, where the level of sports excellence is hilariously inconsistent. On the one hand, Bafana Bafana keep losing games and can only dream of the World Cup, while in contrast the cricket and rugby teams rank amongst the best in the world.
The answer can be found in Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest coach of all time. The answer to how to create a Wits that ranks in the top 100 universities lies in the Alex Ferguson rule.
Prelene Singh: After 31 matches, 87 goals and 23 wins, Tuks came out on top with a 4-1 win in the final game against the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University last night.
It was an explosive finale to the inaugural Varsity Football challenge. Out of the eight teams who participated in the 2013 Varsity Football challenge the two remaining teams, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) went head-to-head with Tuks from the University of Pretoria in the final.
GABRIELLA FERREIRA: Nothing is ever permanent in football, as is illustrated by AmaTuks, who have had a successful mid-year transfer window after welcoming ten new signings to the club.
The club, which finished eighth on the log in last season’s Premier Soccer League (PSL), had looked to strengthen its squad with a heavy influx of new players, particularly focusing on the attacking positions. With so many new signings this season, below are a few players to look out for.
ISHMAEL MOHLABE: Tuks beat the University of the Western Cape (UWC) 1-0 to secure a semi-final place in the Varsity Football Challenge. Sphelele Khuzwayo’s only goal of the game gave Tuks a vital three points and the team kept a clean sheet for the third time in three games. Tuks came into this game on the back of a convincing 4-0 victory against the University of the Free State while UWC had beaten Wits 2-0 in their previous game.
Khuzwayo put Tuks ahead in the opening minute of the match. Tuks went on to control most of the first half. UWC nearly cancelled Tuks’s lead when Curtley Beukes’s on-target shot from the 18-yard box landed in Tristyn Coetsee’s hands. Tuks came close to scoring a second goal in the final seconds of the first half. Charles Gulwako forced UWC goalkeeper Basikelele Mdletye to produce a superb save after he volleyed from 25 yards.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: Lilium beat Asterhof 1-0 in the final match of the group stages of the residence football league.
The teams tested each other in the midfield and the midfielders worked hard to control ball possession. As the game progressed the teams started to shift their momentum from the midfield closer to the goals.