After winning the SAB NMB Regional League for the second straight year, Nelson Mandela University are well placed to make a major impact in the Nelson Mandela Metro football.
Madibaz Football Club president Glenton de Kock said “the game within Nelson Mandela Metro is now at a fascinating and critical stage of development”.
“We see unprecedented growth opportunities for football in a wide range of sections, as well as playing an inspirational role in uniting our community.
He added that Madibaz FC had long been dedicated to creating opportunities that facilitate positive developments in football.
“We hope our recent success will act as a catalyst for more investment, creating a prime opportunity for furthering the contribution of football to the regional and national football family.”
Winning the NMB SAB regional league back to back must be seen in the context of the overall Madibaz Football strategic plan, said Sport Manager Mark Tommy.
“The growth of football at the university has been phenomenal because of years of hard work.
“All credit must go to the student-players for pulling off these performances while remaining committed to fulfilling their academic requirements.”
He said the Madibaz objective was simply “to win as many games as possible in a season”.
Their focus, he added, was now on the ABC Motsepe League playoffs from June 15 to 17 in Grahamstown.
“Having failed at our first attempt at the promotional play-offs last year we now have another shot at it.”
Tommy praised the work of biokineticist Jayde Howitz in keeping the players healthy.
“In all Madibaz Football prides itself on our professionalism and depth of the university football programme,” he said.
“The work of second and third team coaches, Glenton de Kock and Silulami Nicholas Myataza, is of paramount importance in ensuring that the Madibaz talent conveyor belt remains healthy.
In addition, Tommy said the club’s Outreach and Community Engagement project with Ndzondelelo High ensured that the player talent pathway from junior level to university remained strong.