THE NMMU Madibaz senior soccer team remain unbeaten in the Varsity Football Challenge tournament after playing to a 1-1 draw against the University of Free State at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University soccer field last night.
The visitors scored first, in the opening minutes of the game, when UFS striker JJ Groenewald produced a brilliant shot that went past Madibaz goalkeeper Enver Vogel.
The Madibaz equalised in the second half when Lukhanyo Rasmeni registered his name on the scoring sheet.
The Port Elizabeth-based tertiary institution team strongly dominated the first half of the match and were unlucky not to equalise earlier.
The UFS goalkeeper worked tirelessly to prevent this from happening.
UFS's Ernest Mohloki received a yellow card after he performed a dangerous tackle.
Madibaz almost equalised towards the end of the first half when Rasmeni's ball narrowly went wide of the UFS goalpost, but the first stanza ended with UFS still leading by 1-0.
Both teams came back after the break determined to cash in three points at the end of the game.
This time, Rasmeni was on target for the home side, levelling the score in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
The match then became tense, with both teams attacking.
The Madibaz made their first substitution when they introduced Kieran Koert to replace Bradley Peterson.
The home side dominated UFS territory with the hope of scoring a second goal but their chances were well denied. Both teams failed to extend their score before referee Robin Smith blew the final whistle.
Rasmeni was named as the man of the match.
The match between the Madibaz and the UFS was the last of the Varsity Football Challenge tournament's round-robin matches.
Madibaz, Tswane University of Technology (TUT), North West University (NWU) and the University of Pretoria (Tuks) are through to the semifinals, which will be played next week.