North West University head coach Karabo Masehela feels the recent nation-wide student protests affected their preparations prior to their Nedbank Last 32 match against Black Leopards.
The ABC Motsepe League side lost the last 32 clash 4-0 at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Masehela insists his players were not affected by stage fright but rather blamed the defeat on poor preparations.
“Not at all because the boys are used to the huge crowd, they are used tp a huge ambiance I mean like on top of that remember that we were affected by the strikes, the national shut down so for us preparing it was more difficult,” he said after the match.
“You know sometimes especially coaching a higher learning institution it’s difficult but to tell you the truth there was no stage fright. The boys did well you could see they could contain them it’s just that like I said it’s the conditions and we ran out of steam, that’s it,” said the former Feyenoord (Netherlands) youth player.
The 2019 Varsity Football Champions will now shift their focus to their League campaign where they are currently 11 points above the relegation zone at 11th position.
By Ofhani Munyai