The Madibaz men’s football team will be out to show what they can against their peers when they return to the top-flight in the University Sport South Africa tournament next week.
Being held at Wits in Johannesburg from December 2 to 6, the Nelson Mandela University squad earned promotion to the A stream in 2018.
This has given them the chance to qualify for next year’s Varsity Football and they want to make the most of the opportunity.The top eight teams from the USSA week will make the grade for Varsity Football.
Captain Samuel Connelly said they would be banking on a team effort, but added that a number of players would have key roles.
“Much is expected from standout player Lubabalo Dimane, who has been in excellent form in the SAB League, delivering consistently week in and week out,” he said.
“In addition, our Nedbank Ke Yona star Siwaphiwe Maso is showing all the signs of a player ready for the big leagues and is raring to stamp his mark at the nationals.”
A big plus for them, he added, was having former South African star Elrio van Heerden on their technical committee.
“His influence on the playing style and individual player performances has shown in the SAB games.”
Madibaz are in group D and will be up against University of Western Cape, University of Johannesburg, Central University of Technology and Vaal University of Technology.
Connelly said it was essential to adapt quickly to the Highveld conditions.
“We will be facing games played at a much faster pace compared to the rest of South Africa, so that will be our challenge.”