After ending fourth last season, NMMU-Madibaz have set their sights on the Safa-Nelson Mandela Bay SAB League title this year, topping the log with 12 matches remaining.
With 11 wins under their belt, coupled with six draws, Madibaz have marched to 39 points from 18 matches, seven ahead of Golden Aces.
However, with the league only ending on April 30, head coach Wayne Iveson said they knew there was still much work to be done to achieve their goal.
He added that winning their home games would be critical for their title chances.
“We are also targeting an away win against Golden Aces as that would help us greatly,” said Iveson.
Aces have 32 points from 18 games, while Iveson said the next three teams on the log – Mabayibone Strikers, Camper United and Fairview Rovers – could all have a chance if Madibaz faltered.
Besides the SAB League title, Iveson said they had also aimed to qualify for Varsity Football at the start of the season.
“Due to the fees protest in December the USSA (University Sport South Africa) week was cancelled, which meant we could not qualify for Varsity Football.
“However, the USSA tournament has been moved to July this year, where our goal will be to finish in the top eight to qualify for the 2018 Varsity Football competition.”
Iveson said their decision to stop the players from competing in the local football association competitions had paid dividends, allowing them to have a break and to focus properly on their SAB League preparations.
He added the players had responded well to the technical, tactical and physical demands.
“The players are taught not to play in fear as our processes will determine the outcome,” he said.
Promotion to the ABC Motsepe league is the prize for Madibaz if they take the title. Iveson said that would be the stepping stone to trying to make the National First Division and to win Varsity Football.
Madibaz will continue their SAB League campaign this weekend against Highland Spurs on Saturday and Despatch Pioneers on Sunday.