The Madibaz cricket team will be aiming to match their rivals from around the country when they open their Varsity Cricket programme against University of Cape Town in Potchefstroom on Monday.
Played over the Twenty20 format, the annual tournament will end next Saturday and Nelson Mandela University coach Lefa Mosena says they want to prove a point.
“There is a hunger in the squad to show what they can do and one of our missions is to be ranked high in the university cricket system,” he said.
“The boys are eager to play competitive cricket again and are open to new ways of playing and thinking about the game, which gives me a lot of confidence ahead of our departure for Potchefstroom on Sunday.”
Mosena added that as it was so early in the season one of the main challenges had been to find turf nets and pitches that were consistently up to standard.
“Our facility supervisor has really tried to accommodate us with this and I would like to sincerely thank him for that.
“Another issue was making sure we struck a balance between the players’ studies and their cricket and, with good communication, it has been going as well as can be expected.”
Madibaz Sport cricket manager Sipho Sibande said they were excited to see a new generation of cricketers test themselves on a national platform.
“We have a slightly inexperienced team, but we are confident that the experience gained at the 2019 Varsity Cricket competition will stand us in good stead as we plan for the future,” he said.