The Madibaz karate team retained their title at the University Sport South Africa tournament in Grahamstown last month, edging Walter Sisulu University for the top spot.
Nelson Mandela University sensei Gcobani Maxama said the triumph was due to all the hard work they had put in.
“The competition was stiff but we had put in a lot of work so it’s a great feeling,” he said.
“Even though we have won before it remains a high and something you never quite get used to.”
Maxama was one of the key Madibaz performers as he claimed two gold medals and a bronze. Yongama Booi also stood out with two golds and a silver and was selected for the USSA squad at the end of the event.
“But to be fair, all the team members pulled their weight,” said Maxama. “First-time fighters such as Asiphe Manzi and Dimpho Sethathi both came back with two medals respectively.”
Madibaz finished five points ahead of Walter Sisulu, who pushed them all the way.
Maxama attributed their success to the preparations they underwent ahead of the week in Grahamstown.
“We all had one goal and we knew what needed to be done to achieve it,” he said. “We also understood that every institution would be gunning for us due to our record at the tournament.
“As part of our build-up we had former club students and coaches give us inspirational talks to make us realise the task which lay ahead.”