NWU Pick Up The Pieces
NWU captain Lebogang Phetlhu saw his Varsity Football career end in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of defending champions UP-Tuks.
Phetlhu was part of the team that lost to UP-Tuks at home and away last year, before missing out on penalties in their semifinal clash in Mafikeng on Monday.
The hard-nosed defender will not play another Varsity Football match as he finishes his Logistics degree this year and NWU have not qualified for next year's tournament.
After suffering his second semifinal defeat to UP-Tuks the NWU skipper was left to consider what might have been.
"It is frustrating because we could have won that game in the 90 minutes if we had taken our opportunities," he said.
UP-Tuks' physically imposing forwards proved a handful for Phetlhu and the other NWU defenders to handle, especially from set-pieces, but he believes it was a lack of goals that ultimately cost his side a place in the final.
"We need to work on our finishing if we are to progress in the knock-out stages, because we created enough chances," he said.
NWU had a goal wrongfully disallowed for offside in the semifinal, but the captain refused to use that as an excuse.
"We can't blame the referee, that is football and you must deal with these things," he said.
With his Varsity Football days now behind him, Phetlhu is hoping to be picked up by a professional club.
"This tournament is great for exposure and a good platform to play at a higher level. I want to play professionally and will take any chance that comes my way," he added.