The Madibaz cricket team will be aiming to go one better than their 2017 efforts when they challenge for the University Sport South Africa title in Johannesburg next month.
The 50-overs tournament takes place at Wits from December 2 to 6 and the Nelson Mandela University outfit are eager show what they can do after being beaten in the final by UP-Tuks two years ago.
Last year they came fifth and coach Lefa Mosena said their success this time would depend on them doing the basics well.
“If we can achieve that and do it for longer periods than our opposition then we will have a good chance,” he said.
“The main goal during the week will be to make sure we play to the team’s potential because we want to finish at least in the top three.”
As they are fielding a relatively young side, he stressed how important the senior players were.
“Players who have been to this tournament are always key as they can share their experiences with the debutants on how to navigate through certain opposition and situations.”
The week will see Madibaz playing three round-robin games in their pool, followed by cross pool play-offs and classification matches between the top eight-ranked teams in the A section.
Madibaz Sport cricket manager Sipho Sibande said the tournament provided a platform for some of the team’s younger players to make an impact.
“We are delighted at how the first years have progressed since they started at Madibaz earlier this year,” he said.
“The fact that a large percentage of the players are still relatively young means the next couple of years are looking healthy for Madibaz cricket.”