Playing in the B section, the Nelson Mandela University finished third after beating Stellenbosch in their final play-off to become one of the three teams that received promotion for next year’s USSA week.
Coach Wayne Iveson said their main objective was to move up to the A section and it was “great to achieve what we had set out to do”.
“After all the work they had put in it was good to see the players so pleased at achieving what they wanted.”
Madibaz Football manager Mark Tommy said final result formed part of their strategy for the university to eventually return to the Varsity Football competition.
Tommy also praised the Madibaz women’s team, who ended 12th out of 20 teams, improving on their 17th position from a year ago.
“As it turned out it was extremely close. We could easily have ended higher up, losing out in the group stages in goal difference.
“But it is really encouraging to see the growth of the women’s game.”
Tommy had more praise for two young Madibaz players, Samuel Connelly and Athenkosi Papu, who were chosen for the USSA team to compete in the Safa (SA Football Association) U21 national tournament next week.
Off the field, Tommy said the week had been an enormous success, showcasing what Madibaz football had to offer.
“From a USSA perspective the feedback was phenomenal. We are ecstatic about the capacity of Madibaz Sport to run a tournament of this magnitude.”