Newly appointed coach Madibaz men’s basketball coach Andrew Phiri is set to help the team achieve further success after they qualified for the University Sport South Africa national tournament this year.
The Nelson Mandela University emerged triumphant from a double round of fixtures against Walter Sisulu University, Fort Hare and Rhodes.
Madibaz basketball manager Bernard Petersen said they had achieved their goal, which was important to them in the long run.
“We are very happy with the outcome in what was a vital play-off tournament for us,” he said.
“Our aim is to try to do well at the USSA tournament to give us a chance of qualifying for the Varsity Basketball competition in 2020.”
The USSA tournament will be held at UCT in Cape Town from July 1 to 5.
He added that newly appointed head coach would have extra training sessions to ensure they kept performing at a top level.
“We will also be calling on the services of a biokineticist via the Madibaz High Performance Centre to keep the players in the best possible shape.”
Fort Hare University turned out to be their biggest rivals in the regional qualifiers, said Petersen.
“We played them on three occasions, winning two games and losing once.
“The final game was an epic encounter, because it also counted for the Eastern Cape Championship.
“We took the gold medal in this tournament by defeating them in a thrilling match on their home turf with a final scoreline of 71-67.”