The Madibaz karate team continued their run of success at the University Sport South Africa tournament when they returned with the gold medal for the second straight year last month.
The week took place in Grahamstown at the end of June and sensei Gcobani Maxama said the triumph was just reward for all the hard work they had put in.
He attributed their success to the preparations they underwent ahead of the week in Grahamstown.
“We all had one goal and we knew what needed to be done to achieve it,” he said. “We also understood that every institution would be gunning for us due to our record at the tournament.”
Maxama added that he hoped that by flying the Madibaz flag high it would benefit the varsity club to ensure they would be able to continue to compete at a high level.
The Nelson Mandela University team also won the event from 2010 to 2015 and he said they were thrilled to retain the title.
“Even though we have won before it remains a high and something you never quite get used to. The more one wins, the more you want to win – it gets addictive.”
Madibaz finished five points ahead of Walter Sisulu, who pushed them all the way.
“They have been long-time rivals and this year was no different,” added Maxama.
“Durban University of Technology are a new threat and they came third. They are a team we will have to be on the lookout for going forward.”