VarisityFootball : Baloyi’s Ploy ” Varsity Football more competitive than ever”
Varsity Football is back with a bang, but let’s pray for the Soweto derby tragedy victims. Moment of silence for the two fans who died during the Soweto derby.
There is a dark cloud hanging over South African football and I would like to convey my condolences to the families of the two supporters who died during the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates last week Saturday. I would also like to wish those who were injured a speedy recovery. Football is about celebration and having fun on match days, not a tragedy.
Back to the business of the week, Varsity Football is heading for Round Two. The nerves and lack of match fitness was there for all to see during Round One. Some players battled fatigue and the long winter break exposed them. But now that they have broken the ice we hope to see a brand of entertaining football in the coming weeks, starting on Thursday.
But those who thought that the Varsity Football competition this year would be a one-horse race better think again. It’s not even a two-horse race. The tournament is there for the taking and whoever shows more commitment on the field of play will reign supreme.
This season’s popular varsity competition promises to be an open tournament for the first time in years. If what we have seen from the first round of matches is anything to go by, we are in a few surprises this year. It’s going to be a rollercoaster.
The 2017 season is not for the feint hearted. There was drama in the Tshwane derby as a top drawer free-kick by Themba Ndlovu rescued a point with virtually the last kick of the game. That sparked wild celebrations as the crowd could not contain themselves as they threw objects into the pitch to celebrate the moment of magic in the game.
A total of 12 goals found the back of the net on the opening day. UWC put Wits to the sword with a comprehensive 6-0 drubbing. It was raining goals in Cape Town and what better way to kick off a football tournament?
It’s still early days in the competition but UP-Tuks are showing all the right signs of being this year’s champions. They played an exciting brand of football. While TUT put in the hard work Tuks played the football. A lot of teams will suffer from their well-executed set-pieces.
Most teams will find it hard to cope with Tuks’ aerial threat as TUT found out in the derby.
Teams such as CUT, UWC and NWU hit the ground running to become early pace setters. They are holding the umbrella for tournaments favourites TUT and Tuks. The attendance also lived up to its expectations despite the cold weather conditions. Let’s hope the goals will keep on coming in Round Two.
Let’s also hope that fans play their part in attending these thrilling games!
By Charles Baloyi – Daily Sun and Sunday Sun sports writer