The Madibaz cricket team will face Fort Hare University in Port Elizabeth on Saturday to see who qualifies for the national club championship in Pretoria later this month.
The Nelson Mandela University outfit were crowned Nelson Mandela Bay premier league champions on Monday, while Fort Hare are the Border representatives. The national tournament will take place from April 13 to 17.
Skipper David Masterson said they were happy to claim the premier league title after beating Madibaz 2 on Monday to edge Gelvandale for the top spot.
“We are extremely hard on ourselves when it comes to the league because we set ourselves the goal of winning it each year,” he said.
“When we don’t it’s very disappointing. So obviously we were a happy camp, but relief was probably the main feeling.”
Now the team want to make amends after losing in last year’s corresponding play-off with Fort Hare.
“This time we are determined to make up for that and there is still plenty of motivation in the squad,” he added.
“We haven’t been to club champs for a couple of years so the desire is there to make it this year.”
The skipper added that winning the league was an important achievement for the Madibaz club.
“It’s a big thing for us because it means we have completed the goal we set ourselves at the start of the season.”