The Madibaz football team will be aiming to continue their progress in the Nedbank Cup knockout competition after winning the regional qualifier in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.
In a phase involving local SAB League teams, Nelson Mandela University defeated Ikamva Movers 5-3 in a penalty shootout and will now take on the other regional winners in the next stage of the tournament.
Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy said an extended run in the Nedbank Cup would assist greatly with the development of the squad.
“It is our objective to reach the playoffs for the ABC Motsepe League and this involvement in the Nedbank Cup is a big plus going forward,” he said.
“The Nedbank Cup was hard because the competition was fierce to land a place in the last 32 of the national tournament.”
While three of their matches had to be decided via penalty shootouts, he said it typified the “never say die” spirit of the students.
“They kept their nerve and showed the mental strength to win these encounters, with goalkeeper Mzwandile Mvunyiswa proving to be a matchwinner on more than one occasion.”
He added that the squad would be involved in recovery sessions this week after playing three Cup matches in five days, as well as fulfilling their SAB League commitments.
Tommy said the Nedbank Cup would create excellent opportunities to test themselves against different opposition.
“In competing against teams from the other regions, we can make assessments of our players and evaluate areas of improvement and strengths.
“This will enable us to make any necessary changes as we strive to win the SAB League again and get another bite at the promotion playoffs for the ABC Motsepe League.”