The Madibaz karate squad will be aiming to keep their flag flying high when they compete in the University Sport South Africa tournament in Grahamstown later this month.
Taking place at Rhodes on June 28 and 29, the Nelson Mandela University karatekas have targeted a spot in at least the top three.
Madibaz Sport karate manager Bernard Petersen said they were also looking forward to renewing a keen rivalry with their Mthatha rivals – Walter Sisulu University.
“We have had some very close battles with them over the years so that will be an interesting part of the week,” he said.
He added that the USSA week was an important platform for the student-athletes as it was a stepping-stone to the national varsity team.
“This is a great chance for our karatekas to show what they can do against their contemporaries.”
Petersen said there was a good mix of experience and youth in their squad, with a few of the seasoned campaigners in line to win medals at the tournament.
“Sensei Lucky Maxama, our Proteas karateka and Madibaz sportsman of the year in 2018, is a committed and very disciplined cadre,” he added. “He puts a high price on fitness and discipline.”
Besides Maxama, Yongama Booi, Adre Weideman, Sango Mbinyashe and Njabulo Gumede were some of the karatekas in line for medals, said Petersen.