After an impressive performance in the University Sport South Africa hockey week, the NMMU-Madibaz men’s side have set their sights on the Eastern Province premier league title.
The competition resumes on July 23 for the varsity when they take on Pirates, hoping to build on their second position on the log.
Madibaz Sport hockey manager Cheslyn Gie said they may have lost a bit of momentum with a break following the USSA tournament, but they were still focused on retaining their title.
“Even though we have a very young side, we will strive to compete and do our utmost to retain our league title.”
Gie said teamwork and sticking to their game plan had allowed them to reach the USSA final, where they were narrowly beaten by University of Johannesburg 4-3.
“In addition, our counter-attack ability, with some great defensive work, helped us to do so well.”
Gie identified Chad Cairncross, who was the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals, and goalkeeper Muzimmal Sheik as two of their top performers.
“In addition, Callan Dewar was outstanding in central defence and Kirwin Christoffels and Curtis Samboer did well in midfield.
“Cerezo Comerasamy, as our most senior striker, was also immense, despite suffering an injury on the first day.” he said.