NMMU's Madibaz will be chasing the top spot in the Varsity Football Challenge when they clash with logleaders Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria tonight.
The top of the table battle between second-placed Madibaz and TUT is expected to produce fireworks as both teams are the only sides unbeaten in the tournament.
A win for NMMU would see them slip into the number one position.
Madibaz are going into this encounter after thrashing Wits 4-1 in Port Elizabeth, while TUT registered a 3-1 victory over the University of Cape Town (UCT) last week.
Madibaz are just two points adrift of pace-setters TUT, who are leading the pack with 13 points from five games. Madibaz manager Mark Tommy said although both teams had already qualified for the semifinals, they still would play their second last match of the group stages before the tournament play-offs.
"Our victory against Wits was a huge confidence booster and we are building up momentum," Tommy said.
He said Madibaz were more than ready to face TUT and hoped the two teams would not clash against each other in the semifinals, but this would only be known after the draw had been conducted.
Tommy said his team had been regarded as the underdogs in the tournament but had shown character and determination to do exceptionally well.
"Our objective is to be the first university soccer team to win this competition and the players are motivated and ready to take their institution to the final," Tommy said.
Madibaz will travel to Pretoria without injured striker Lindsay Stowman (fractured collar-bone).