Kops goal bags draw for NMMU

Staff Reporter

A SPECTACULAR last-minute goal from NMMU defender Niven Kops saw the Madibaz secure a dramatic 2-2 draw with TUT in the Varsity Cup Football competition in Tshwane.

The draw sees both teams maintain their unbeaten Varsity Football records after an enthralling top-of-the-table encounter which went down to the wire.

The Eastern Cape side made a bright start to the game, forcing TUT onto the back foot, and it was not long before Cloudius Sagandira was brought down in the box. Leroy van Rensburg stepped up to tuck the penalty away and give his side an early 1-0 lead as they made an ideal start to the match.

TUT responded by launching a dangerous attack of their own and a powerful volley from Selby Madibana was beaten away by NMMU goalkeeper Lyndsay Jennings. Despite the pressure from their hosts, the well-drilled NMMU defence held up well, although there were some anxious moments.

TUT dominated possession and took the game to NMMU, with Kieran Koert shown a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Doctor Radebe.

The resulting free kick was stopped by Jennings, but Botshelo Mfulwane followed up well to pounce on the rebound to slot in the equaliser.

The teams went into half time deadlocked at 1-1, and with 45 minutes left to play it was still anybody’s game after both sides had enjoyed periods of dominance in the first half.

The game opened up in the last 20 minutes as both teams looked for a late winner, and it was TUT who reaped the reward when replacement Sonwabiso Busakwe stabbed the ball past Jennings to give his side the lead.

NMMU threw everything at their hosts as they looked desperately for a late equaliser, and it paid off in fine style as Kops produced a spectacular overhead kick to secure a point for his team.

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