NMMU Madibaz suffered a setback in their Varsity Challenge Cup campaign when they were beaten 2-1 by the University of the Western Cape at NMMU’s south campus stadium last night.
Tapelo Sixishe scored the first goal for UWC through a penalty. Lukhanyo Rasmeni equalised for the Madibaz.
Reza Zain Dramat secured a dramatic win for the visitors when he netted the winning goal for the visitors.
The game was a hard-fought affair from the start as the Madibaz looked to stamp their authority early on by taking the game to the Capetonians.
Reginald Mabokane could have taken the Madibaz into an early lead in the second minute when he had only UWC goalkeeper Reon October to beat, but his shot went over the bar.
UWC camped in opposition territory in the first 10 minutes of the game and were rewarded with a penalty after sloppy defence. The visitors took the lead. The solid UWC defence held up well, giving the Madibaz no chance to find the net.
Vuyolwethu Marele almost scored an equaliser for the Madibaz in the 28th minute, but his shot went wide.
Coach Graeme Harrison made his first change to the Madibaz when he introduced Lukhanyo Rasmeni to replace Mabokane.
The Madibaz came close again before half-time when Lukhanyo Ndabeta missed a golden scoring opportunity in the 43rd minute.
They finally got their goal with Rasmeni beating the UWC defence and goalkeeper October in the 86th minute.
But his goal was cancelled dramatically by Dramat in the 87th minute. – Mthetho Ndoni