After good performances last year, the Nelson Mandela University basketball teams are geared up to make an impact on the Mayoral Cup competition starting in September.
The men’s and women’s teams will both compete in this annual tournament and showed their form recently by winning their section in the annual intervarsity, held at Fort Hare in Alice.
Madibaz Sport basketball manager Bernard Petersen said there was a lot of interest in the Mayoral Cup and they were delighted to be a part of it.
“This time we are looking at clinching the titles in both sections. The women won last year and the men ended third, and the students are eager to play after a successful intervarsity.”
Despite some setbacks in their preparations due to the upgrading of the training facility, Petersen said the players had worked really hard to be ready for the Mayoral Cup.
“We had to use the outdoor court at the North Campus and had to endure extreme weather conditions. Our players, especially our men’s team, have made huge sacrifices.”
Madibaz have already competed in the University Sport South Africa national tournament, where the men ended sixth and the women 11th.
Although financial constraints prevented them from taking part in the Nelson Mandela Bay leagues this year, Petersen said the players had undergone intensive fitness and conditioning programmes.