The Madibaz men’s basketball team will be aiming to build on their success after qualifying for the University Sport South Africa national tournament this year.
Madibaz basketball manager Bernard Petersen said they were delighted to qualify for USSA, which would provide them with a platform to higher honours.
“Our aim is to try to do well at the USSA tournament to give us a chance of qualifying for the Varsity Basketball competition in 2020,” he said.
“All the varsities take the USSA tournament very seriously as it plays a big part in deciding the Varsity Basketball representatives for next year’s competition.
“The top eight teams on the final log at USSA will qualify for the prestigious Varsity Basketball tournament.”
He said newly appointed head coach from the university’s economics department, Dr Andrew Phiri, would have extra training sessions to ensure they kept performing at a top level.
“We are also planning to obtain the services of a biokineticist via the Madibaz High Performance Centre to keep the players in the best possible shape.
“The players also have their academic responsibilities so that is always something we have to consider, but we will be doing all we can to make sure we are ready for USSA.”
The USSA tournament will be held at UCT in Cape Town from July 1 to 5.