Game Over For Limpopo?
Varsity Football strugglers UL have already given up all hope of reaching the semi-final stage of the tournament, team captain Pholoshi Bapela has revealed.
The disgruntled defender will miss UL’s next fixture against Cape side UWC after picking up his third yellow card this season, prompting a one-match suspension.
After suffering a humiliating 5-1 thrashing at the hands of title holders UP-Tuks on Monday night, Bapela admits the mood in the camp is at an all time low. UL are second from bottom of the standings with one point after four games played.
“Right now we’ve already lost hope. The feeling is that we won’t be making the top four. We just want to make sure we qualify for next year’s competition. We’ve struggled to get a win and momentum going, so that’s the aim for the remaining matches.
“It is football, so you never know what happens. We might still make it, but right now the players are down,” he said.
UL coach Burney Mampshika has often heaped praise on Bapela, who he regards as a vital player in the team’s structure and defence.
Speaking about his influence in the team, Bapela added that he is gutted to be missing the match against UWC, who will prove tough opponents after bagging their first victory of the season against NMMU-Madibaz earlier this week.
“I knew I was on second yellow and would face suspension of I got a third and I was playing to make sure I don’t get that third yellow, but when I committed that foul it was tactical.
“At that stage we were only one-nil down and the striker was on course to getting behind our defence with only one defender to beat, so I made the foul to stop him from scoring. I’m disappointed, but it’s a decision I had to make,” he said.
Bapelo hopes the element of surprise will play to their favour against UWC next week.
“They will underestimate us and we must take advantage of that,” he said.