FNB NMMU-Madibaz captain Kevin Kaba has called for a strong approach to ensure his team are ready to compete when they tackle UCT in their opening FNB Varsity Cup game in Cape Town on Monday.
The 22-year-old loose forward, who was born in Ghana but grew up in Queenstown, is looking forward to the challenge of leading the team but knows they will need to be at their best to handle the opposition.
“We need to pitch up with the right frame of mind to all our games, whether we are facing the ‘bigger’ or ‘smaller’ universities,” said Kaba.
Having learnt the game in the cold winters of Queenstown during his schooldays at Queen’s College, Kaba said he was used to the demanding tests rugby could throw at you.
“It’s an exciting challenge,” said the third-year accounting student. “Dealing with the different personalities in the team and getting to know everyone will help me to grow as a person and leader.”
He was also positive about the team’s prospects as they strive to improve on last season’s performances.
“I definitely think the squad can make our fans proud this year. We have worked hard and just need to focus on executing our plans out there.”
He said it would be important not to put themselves under pressure and to try to keep calm when the heat was on.
The No 8 said the team’s strength was their willingness to maintain an attacking approach.
“We are a team who like to run with the ball. Most of the squad have played together before so we have a good understanding of each other.”
Due to renovations at the Madibaz Stadium, the NMMU side will play all their games away this season.
“We have accepted that we will be playing all our games away,” said Kaba. “We’ve tried not to focus on that too much and we have put plans in place to help us deal with all the travelling.”