The Nelson Mandela University U16 side enjoyed one of their best seasons in local competition when they picked up three titles this year.
After winning the Mayoral Cup and the Port Elizabeth Football Association U16 league title, Madibaz U16 wrapped up the season with victory in the Pefa Knockout Cup last weekend.
The university are running teams in the Pefa U16 and U18 leagues and besides the younger team’s success, Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy said the U18s were also competitive in the tournaments they entered.
He added he felt it could have massive spin-offs, both for Madibaz football and the game in the region.
“If these successes are anything to go by, just imagine what could be achieved through improved resourcing and joint ventures with commercial partners,” said Tommy.
Recruiting players from Ndzondelelo High, he said they hoped to support the school’s enrolment of talented footballers with academic competencies.”
Tommy said the success of the team and the programme bode well for Madibaz football, but admitted they also faced several issues.
“The retention of the players in the university programme is a huge challenge, but we are able to offer exceptionally high standards of coaching and technical support, as well as the opportunity to study.”
He felt, however, that there would be benefits ahead, especially considering that compliance with the Safa Statutes and Vision 2022 required all clubs to have at least two junior teams.