The Madibaz karate squad are ready to make an impact when the University Sport South Africa tournament is held in Grahamstown later this month.
Hosted by Rhodes on June 28 and 29, the Nelson Mandela University student-athletes will be looking to stake a claim for higher recognition.
Madibaz Sport karate manager Bernard Petersen said the USSA event was an important platform as it was a stepping-stone to the national varsity team.
“We pride ourselves that we can compete with institutions such as Walter Sisulu, Mangosuthu University of Technology and Vaal University of Technology, among others.
“This is a great chance for our karatekas to show what they can do against their contemporaries.”
He added that there was a good mix of experience and youth in their squad.
“Sensei Lucky Maxama is a committed and very disciplined cadre. He puts a high price on fitness and discipline. Our members train five times a week and I am sure you will see the benefits of that at USSA.”
Besides Maxama, Yongama Booi, Adre Weideman, Sango Mbinyashe and Njabulo Gumede were some of the karatekas in line for medals, said Petersen.
“We rate our chances pretty good of ending in the top three. We want to make sure we continue where we left off in 2018 and try to increase our medal tally this year.”