The Madibaz men’s football team will have a point to prove when they compete in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament, which will be held at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth next month.
Being played from July 2 to 7, the local team’s focus will be squarely on gaining promotion to the A section.
Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said Madibaz were among 12 teams in the B section, divided into four pools.
“That means they will have to progress to the knockout stage to have a chance of promotion.
“If they are able to achieve that, they will have a good chance of going up because three teams will be promoted and three teams will be relegated.”
As part of the organising committee, Tommy said they were preparing to host nearly 1 500 players and officials in PE for the week.
“It is the biggest football event in the region this year and will provide the public with an opportunity to witness all the country’s top university teams during the week.
“We encourage potential students and schoolchildren to come to see the action, which could act as a source of motivation for them to consider their tertiary studying prospects.”
From a logistics viewpoint, Tommy said a total of 64 teams would be in the city for the week.
“The A sections in both the men’s and women’s tournaments will comprise 20 teams, while there will be 12 teams in each of the men’s and women’s B sections.
Tommy said all the matches would be played on Mandela University fields, with the south and north campuses as well as the Second Avenue facilities being used.