“It is very important to make a winning start as it will position the team well in the table to challenge for the play-offs,” he said.
“It also sends a message to the other teams that we are in it to win it.”
After making a number of changes when they failed to qualify for the 2015 Varsity Football competition, including appointing a new coach and increasing their player resources, Kgokong said the side had shown a big improvement.
“The team went on to finish stronger in the SAB League season and they also won the Joburg Cup in June and the Fasu (Federation of Africa University Sports) Football tournament this month.”
Former assistant coach Mandla Zwane has taken over as head coach and he will receive assistance from U19 team mentor Benjamin Khubeka.
Kgokong said the whole squad, from the players to the technical staff and management, were determined to fly the varsity flag high.
He said the increase in their playing resources had achieved the desired effect.
“Having a bigger squad of players created much-needed competition and assisted with replacements in case of injuries.
“The players, technical staff and management are determined to perform better than this time.
“Since we qualified for this year’s tournament we have intensified our preparations and re-aligned our performance strategies in our bid to win the title.”