Defending Varsity Football champions TUT might not finish the 2023 season with their long-serving captain Tebogo Lekaba.
Lekaba is set to reunite with his Motsepe Foundation Championship side teammates when the 2023/24 season begins next month. He made his debut for TUT against UFS in 2017 and has been one of Bushy Moloi’s trusted forces ever since.
Lekaba penned a two-year deal with Pretoria Callies after the fourth round of the 2022 Varsity Football campaign and was loaned to Baroka FC in December last year. Chances of Lekaba seeing out the 2023 Varsity Football season with TUT are slim as he is set to embark on a different journey to aid the Pretoria outfit in the fight to gain promotion to the DStv Premiership.
“I’m not sure if I will finish with TUT but I’ll get the direction from my coach Bushy Moloi. Going forward I think if we convert our chances, we have a solid squad to compete and retain our title.
“We play all our games away so it’s difficult for us, but here at the home of champions we are always prepared,” says Lekaba.
Pretoria Callies had a sloppy start to their Motsepe Foundation Championship campaign last season which saw them having to avoid relegation and end tenth on the log.
Like any other youngster in the country, the aim is to play professionally and for the big clubs. Lekabasays Varsity Football gave him the chance to showcase his talents.
“I’d say it is a great experience playing in the Varsity Football because it is not far when comparing it to NFD and DStv Premiership, it brings the same feeling of the top flight leagues and it’s giving us a platform to showcase our talent and it is easy for us to be recognised by big clubs.
“It feels great to play in a professional setup, you get to learn other aspects of the game and you grow faster from that because you are now playing with other experienced players like Sphelele Mthembu at Callies.”