Lehloa: We Like Spoiling Parties
CUT captain Morena Lehloa is happy with their underdog status.
Central University of Technology captain Morena Lehloa believes the “underdog” status pinned on his team for Thursday evening’s Varsity Football semi-final against Tshwane University of Technology will work in his team’s favour.
TUT are the favourites for this clash, with the defending champions reigning supreme in the league phase of the competition. Bushy Moloi’s side are the only unbeaten team remaining and will also be playing at home in-front of their fervent supporters.
In comparison, CUT snuck into the semis in the last available place just ahead of fifth-placed North-West University.
“People are always placing labels on us. Last year, we were the rookies, the underdogs, but we still fought hard in our first season and reached the semi-finals,” Lehloa said.
“It is the same situation again this year. Nobody gave us a chance but here we are. We know TUT are good side. They deserve to be favourites. But we like the underdog tag. We like spoiling parties.”
It certainly is going to be a tough challenge for CUT to beat a TUT side that has not only dominated the league table, but also played some wonderfully attacking football. The hosts possess one of the league’s most creative footballers, Themba Ndlovu, who has been regularly on the score-sheet too.
Ndlovu was particularly good in the league fixture against CUT in Bloemfontein, when he cracked open a tightly-contested match with a pin-point cross from a free-kick just outside the box, to find Vusi Sibiya, who headed home.
“Like I said earlier, we know what’s coming our way but it’s going to be different now. Varsity Football is divided into two sections. There is the league phase and then there’s the knockout. If the competition was decided on league points, then TUT would be champions already,” Lehloa said.
“But that’s not how it works. It is about handling the pressure now. We know it is make or break, so we have to go all out. We might have been cautious in the league. Here it is winner takes all. One clean sheet. One goal. That’s all it takes.”