Football round-up

EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN

Varsity Football and ABSA Premiership are all in full swing as at least three rounds of fixtures have been played.

After seven rounds of fixtures, the 2017 Varsity Football season has been dominated by defending champions, TUT Football. The TUT side has picked up five impressive wins from seven matches. They are at the top of the Varsity Football log with 17 points. TUT Football’s campaign has seen them score 19 goals in total, with the bulk of these coming in a 7-0 victory over UFH Football in the second round. TUT Football is the only team confirmed with a spot in the semi-finals on 14 September. Despite an impressive campaign, TUT are not without challengers to their place at the top, as UWC Football and CUT Football have both produced good results, giving them second and third place respectively. Both teams have 12 points each. TuksFootball’s campaign has proven to be difficult and disappointing so far. For a team which was considered to be a title contender from the onset, the team is currently fourth on the log. A tough away-game against TUT in the opening round, ending in a 1-1 draw, set the tone for their upcoming fixtures.

Against CUT Football on 7 September, TuksFootball claimed all three points in a 1-0 victory. This pushed the team up the log to fourth from a former sixth place with a total of 11 points. Tuks still has time to redeem themselves by securing a place in the semi-finals.On 11 September, TuksFootball will play UWC Football. For Wits Football and UFH Football, 2017’s campaign has been difficult. With goal differences of -14 and -24 respectively, both teams showed porous defence. Wits is Football is ranked seventh with 6 points while UFH Football sits at the bottom of the log with 0 points. Overall, 2017’s Varsity Football has been exciting, with 78 goals being scored to date. As for whom this year’s semi-finalists will be, if the previous rounds’ fixtures are anything to go by, the battle for the top four spots will be an interesting one to watch.

Elsewhere in SA, the ABSA Premiership concluded its second round of fixtures on 23 August with unexpected leaders, Maritzburg United and Cape Town City, maintaining their 100% starts to the 2017/18 season. The first two rounds were a different story for Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars, who sit 15th and 16th in the overall standings respectively, with neither having registered a win.

 

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