FNB NMMU-Madibaz coach David Maidza has identified an improved overall performance as their top priority in the Varsity Cup competition starting on January 30.
After experiencing a testing season last year, Maidza said their aim would be to inject an improvement into their performances.
“If we can do that we can better our log position from the last two years,” he said.
The coach said it would be a fresh start for the squad and they would be aiming to translate a strong team ethos into better performances on the field.
The Madibaz will play all their matches away this year because the Madibaz Stadium is undergoing an upgrade, but Maidza said they were not worrying about that in their preparations.
“Whatever the situation, we all know we are privileged to be representing NMMU in the Varsity Cup and we are only focusing on putting in good performances,” he said.
“We have a good team to look after the needs, physically and mentally, of these talented young men.”
The Madibaz scored their only victory last season against UCT to avoid the relegation match and they will meet the same opponents in their opening game this month.
“It is always important to have a good start,” said Maidza. “That good start can be a win or a solid performance and that is our simple aim.”
The Madibaz mentor said he was happy with the squad’s preparations.
“We started last year at the beginning of November, followed by a two-week break before resuming on January 3.
“The boys have worked hard during this period and the preparations have been sound.”
The team will be captained by Kevin Kaba and Maidza said there would be co-vice captains in Andile Jho and Wynand Grassman.