The Nelson Mandela University is preparing for a football invasion when the University Sport South Africa tournament takes place in Port Elizabeth from July 2 to 7.
Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said they were preparing to host nearly 1 500 players and officials in what he called “the biggest football tournament to be played in this region”.
From a logistics viewpoint, Tommy said a total of 64 teams would be in the city for the week.
“The A sections in both the men’s and women’s tournaments will comprise 20 teams, while there will be 12 teams in each of the men’s and women’s B sections.
He added that the teams favoured for the title would include reigning champions Tshwane University of Technology, while last year’s beaten finalists UP-Tuks and North-West Mafikeng would also be title contenders.
Tommy said all the matches would be played on Mandela University fields, with the south and north campuses as well as the Second Avenue facilities being used.
Competing in the B section, the Madibaz men’s team will be aiming to reach the top flight this year.
“Section B consists of four groups of three teams each, which means that Madibaz will have to progress to the knockout stage to have a chance of promotion,” said Tommy.
“At the end of the week, three teams will be promoted and three teams will be relegated.”
He said the women’s team would be seeking a top-10 finish in the A section, having previously produced their best performance in 2010 when they came sixth.