With their whole squad rising to the occasion, the Madibaz football team have put themselves in a position to successfully defend their SAB League title in Port Elizabeth.
The Nelson Mandela University players faced a difficult period in January when they missed several out-of-town players as the varsity term began only on February 5.
Coach Wayne Iveson emphasised that the senior players had stepped up to the plate during this period.
“They took the responsibility to guide the younger players in terms of our processes and to provide ongoing motivation to improve,” he said.
“More emphasis was placed on the tactical and technical workload with the ball, thus improving the physical demands needed.”
While they would continue to respect their opponents and knew there were no guarantees, he added they were confident going forward.
Iveson said the league was scheduled to finish in May, with Morning Stars looking to be their toughest opposition.
“But having said that, all matches are important and it is vital to take points off the teams near the top of the log.”
He added that he felt the squad had better depth and greater unification than previously.
“The older players are highly functional and the process to get the youngsters to the required level is ongoing.”
Madibaz will continue their campaign with an away fixture against Amarhamba United tomorrow.