The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will be in search of their first win at home when they welcome North West University (NWU) to Soweto in a Varsity Football clash on Thursday evening.

The Orange Army failed to get maximum points in their last two home games, they lost 2-0 against a strong Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) side and scored a last-gasp equaliser to force 2-2 against University of Western Cape (UWC).

The last time the two sides met, NWU won 1-0 but UJ captain Sphesihle Mbhele said it will be a matter of who wants it more. “They are a good side (NWU) and so are we, therefore I feel it will be a matter of who wants it more.”

“We are taking it one game at a time, but we know that no game is easy, therefore we treat every game with respect but forever fearless of the opposition,” said Mbhele.

Despite his side winning one game out of four so far, NWU captain Paseka Matsheka stated that they are feeling positive ahead of their clash against UJ. The men from North West only lost once in their four encounters against UJ, registering draw and two victories.

“The team is feeling positive, we know that any team that wins goes into the top four now, so we are just focusing on winning this game, we have to. If we get six points in the remaining three games, we play the semi-finals. But we looking to go all the way and win all three games against all odds, said, “ Matsheka.

“UJ are a great team…last year they came to us…we beat them and we going to do the same on Thursday, “ concluded Matsheka.

A win for NWU will boost their chances of finishing in the top four, secure a semifinal spot. They are currently fourth on the table with 5 points in 4 games while UJ occupy second place with 7 points.

Varsity Football Round Five Clash: UJ Vs NWU


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