Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) played out an exciting 2-2 draw against the North West University (NWU) at the NMMU Madibaz Stadium in the Varsity Football Challenge on Monday night. This was the opening game of the 2014 tournament. There was not much action happening in the beginning of the match. Not enough goal scoring opportunities were created by the two teams.
From outside the box Sandile Mbatha scored the first goal of the tournament and the match for NWU in the 28th minute. Being aware of the NWU defence Kieran Koert caught a rebound from their corner in the 31st minute which made it 1-1 before half-time. The goalscoring Mbatha got himself a yellow card for a bad foul as the action continued.
The Madibaz got their second goal from a set piece in the 36th minute to extend their lead. Koert was yet again at the right place and put his team in the lead. Alexandra Owusu got the second yellow card of the game for a foul as the first half proved to be action-packed and ended 2-1 in favour of the hosts. The second half saw a lot of missed chances.
NWU showed a lot of strength in their set pieces even though they were yet to concede another goal. The Madibaz defence was water tight as NWU found it very difficult to penetrate. NWU was denied an equalizer as their striker was found offside.
With 15 minutes left NWU were still looking for an equaliser. In the 77th minute Sifiso Ngwenya’s header finally got the goal they needed coming from a corner which saw the scores level at 2-2. This was an unlucky position NMMU found themselves in as the ball was deflected by their own defender. The game ended in a 2-2 draw to kick off the 2014 Varsity Football Challenge.