Even though they have not built on their opening 6-2 win over NWU-Mafikeng, with two losses and two draws since then, UJ are just one point off the top four.
They are in fifth place on the log on five points, the same as UP-Tuks, but the Pretoria side are placed fourth due to having earned a bonus point.
University of Western Cape (UWC) are in third on seven points, also having won just one game, while the top two spots are filled by Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on 13 points and Central University of Technology (CUT) with 11.
Soccer manager Joel Kgokong said the team had been let down by poor finishing in the competition and it was an aspect the coaches and the players were working on.
He cited the game against UWC on Monday as a typical example, with UJ having around 20 shots at goal without success.
“Then UWC create one chance which they take and we lose the match 1-0.”
He added that they were fired up to reach the semi-finals, knowing it all depended on their last two games.
“We don’t disrespect any teams but if we are not able to take our chances against those two sides below us on the log we don’t deserve to be at the top level.”
He said the spirit in the camp was positive despite a number of setbacks.
“I have seen how disappointed the boys have been after every match where we have not had a positive result and this tells me how much it means to them.”
Kgokong said the team were not looking too far ahead and would focus first on Monday’s match against Wits before assessing their position in the remainder of the competition.