A strong belief in their own abilities will be essential for the Madibaz women’s football team to achieve their goals in the University Sport South Africa tournament in Port Elizabeth next week.
The Nelson Mandela University squad are aiming to end in the top eight after finishing 13th a year ago.
While they have greater experience this time, coach Nomaxabiso Manto said it would be important to be mentally strong for the challenge ahead.
“We need to make sure we have the right attitude going into the week and that we stay positive,” she said.
“We have the quality that is required to do well but we just need to make sure we believe in ourselves.”
Manto added that they had a number of exciting players in their line-up.
“To mention a few, players such as Ayabulela Ndyebi and Ababalwe Madasithe, who are rookies in the team, are confident and skilful.
“We are determined to finish in the top eight which will help us to secure a place in the Varsity Football competition.
“The USSA tournament plays a major role in our programme each year because it gives us a chance to showcase our talent against the best varsity teams in the country.”
Starting on Monday, a total of 64 student teams from universities around the country will be in Port Elizabeth for this annual varsity football extravaganza hosted by Nelson Mandela University.
The tournament will come to a conclusion on July 6.