Madibaz Holds Head High
NMMU Madibaz coach Graeme Harrison is pleased with the performances his team put in throughout their Varsity Football campaign and believes they will come back stronger.
The Madibaz concluded their campaign with a 4-0 loss to defending champions UP-Tuks in Pretoria which Harrison said summed up their campaign perfectly.
"The defeat against Tuks summed up our entire campaign. We were inconsistent and that proved to be our downfall," he said.
Harrison believes there was too much hype around his team following the success of last year's tournament which saw them reach the final and that the current team was always punching above their weight.
"What many people never realised is that we lost seven players from last tear's team. So we basically had a new team with a new manager but no-one saw that. Everyone just saw the name NMMU and automatically thought we would make the final," he added.
The PE students were on the back foot early in the game when they conceded two goals and were forced to adjust their gameplan in an effort to get back into the game. This left them vulnerable at the back and Tuks duly capitalised by adding a further two goals to the scoresheet.
Harrison was taking nothing away from the Pretoria students and stated they fully deserved the three points as they were more hungry and the better team on the night.
The Madibaz focus will now shift to the USSA Nationals which will take place in December where they hope for a top eight finish to qualify for their third consecutive Varsity Football tournament.
The coach said this year's edition of the tournament has been a great advert for football in the country and he had thoroughly enjoyed every second of the experience.
"It was a very nice journey. We all enjoyed the experience of travelling around the country," he stated.