ACLOUDIUS Sagandira hat-trick saw NMMU secure a comfortable 4-0 away victory over UCT in their Varsity Football Challenge match in Cape Town on Monday.
It was NMMU’s second consecutive victory, following their 2-0 win against UWC in Bellville last week. They are tied at the top of the standings, with North West University (NWU) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on six points from two matches.
The Port Elizabeth side got the scoring under way when a bad tackle on the slippery surface in the box saw them awarded an early penalty. Leroy van Rensburg beat the goalkeeper from the spot to give his team a 1-0 lead.
UCT fought back and created some chances of their own by exposing some shaky defending by NMMU, but they could not find the finishing touch and it was the visitors who scored next.
Sagandira took advantage of some sloppy defensive work from UCT to notch his team’s second goal to make it 2-0 at the break.
He was on target again early in the second half when he again took advantage of the UCT defence to score his second goal, making it 3-0.
The visitors continued to take the game to UCT and it was not long before Sagandira completed a hat-trick to cap a resounding victory.
NMMU soccer team manager Mark Tommy said the victory was a good result for the team considering that they were the only institution from the Eastern Cape taking part in the competition.
Tommy said Sagandira was the second NMMU player to be named man of the match after Niven Kopps in the first match against UWC.
NMMU will play away matches against the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and NWU before they play their first home game against Wits on August 19.
- A late goal from Doctor Radebe saw TUT snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory against UWC in Bellville.
The Tshwane side took a 1-0 lead into half time, and UWC regrouped to level the scores in front of their home fans, but TUT took all three points thanks to Radebe’s late effort.
- Tuks notched their first victory when they beat a determined Wits outfit 2-0 in front of their home fans in Tshwane.
After going down 4-1 to TUT at home last week, Tuks produced a more clinical performance.
- A hat-trick from striker Thabo Mnyamane saw NWU cruise to a 6-1 victory over UFS in Mafikeng.