Dr Lwando Mdleleni's charges had one task in mind coming into the match, to win so that they could qualify for the semifinals. And they started on the right foot when central midfielder Damian Overmeyer broke the deadlock in the 29th minute scoring from a UWC set piece just outside the VUT box on the right side.
UWC continued to showcase good quality football and despite the halftime score of 1-0, VUT didn’t sit back feeling sorry for themselves.
Shortly after returning to the field for the second half, the visitors shocked the home side when Ntokozo Mgidi scored a fast goal to make it 1-1. Mdleleni's side was not done however as they managed to score two quick goals through Riyaaz Koopstadt and Leandro De Sousa to give UWC a comfortable lead.
Craig Joemath netted the fourth goal for UWC from a corner kick in the 78th minute to make it 4-1. VUT's Kgotso Nhlapo scored a consolation goal just before the end of the match.
MATCH FACTSThursday, 7 September 2023
UWC Stadium, Bellville
UWC (1) 4 (Damian Overmeyer, Riyaaz Koopstadt, Leandro de Sousa, Craig Joemath)
VUT (0) 2 (Ntokozo Mgidi, Kgotso Nhlapo)
FNB Player of the match: Damian Overmeyer (UWC)
UWC Starting XI: Leathan Croats, Lutando Mpokotya, Damian Overmeyer, Khanya Dyani, Craig Joemath, Shuaib Martin, Relebohile Matima, Siyabulela Mcimeli, Leandro De Sousa, Jadan Zeeman, Riyaaz Koopstadt.
Head coach: Dr Lwando Mdleleni
Match summary by Varsity Sports and images by Luigi Bennett/Varsity Sports.