Mighty Maluti on the move

2013-03-03 10:00

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Maluti FET College FC are the toast of South African football after upsetting PSL champions Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup. Timothy Molobi and photographer Herman Verwey paid them a visit this week

No fancy cars in sight, just a branded bus parked inside the University of Free State Qwa-Qwa campus training ground.

This was the humbling picture of a club that rose to prominence after eliminating Orlando Pirates from the Nedbank Cup last weekend.

Maluti’s assets are a far cry from the Pirates players’ parking lot that boasts Benni McCarthy’s Porsche Panamera or the many latest Golf VI GTIs that have become a symbol and a PSL player’s dream car.

As the players disembarked from their bus, one could see a bunch of hungry boys dying to make names for themselves.

Just a week ago, not many gave a hoot who Maluti were, but after their giant-killing act, they now enjoy cult status.

“It has been a crazy week for us dealing with media enquiries and we had to come up with a plan to manage that,” said deputy director of academic affairs Motlalepula Tsotetsi.

Three days after their Nedbank Cup heroics, they suffered their first league defeat of the season.

Their 1-0 loss to Welkom City was hardly surprising though as they were still in celebratory mood after causing one of the major upsets in local football.

Coach Morena Ramoreboli said it was a blessing in disguise that they lost the game.

“The players need to understand that beating Pirates does not make them world beaters. For them to become better, they need to achieve more and make names for themselves,” he said.

“It was more in the mind because it was not a difficult game for us, but it’s a good wake-up call for players to stay focused.”

Ramoreboli cautioned the players against overcelebrating, saying it had the potential to backfire.

He said the sooner they forgot about their victory over Pirates, the better, as they take aim at the National First Division.

Maluti were drawn against African Warriors in the next round of the Nedbank Cup.

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