Madibaz Going 'All-Out'
There will be no holding back when the NMMU Madibaz take on Varsity Football newcomers, Limpopo in Port Elizabeth.
Last year's beaten finalists find themselves in fourth place on the standings following their impressive 4-0 victory over Kovsies in Bloemfontein last week, and coach Graeme Harrison has opted to stick with the same side that served him so well in a bid to capitalise on their momentum.
“Preparations have been going well. The team spirit and morale is at an all-time high.”
But, he said, he had cautioned his players against over-confidence as they approached the end of the round-robin section.
“I told them that we have to keep our feet on the ground, take it game by game and remain focused on our objective, which is to reach the semifinal.”
To this end, Harrison said his squad had been focused on tightening up various aspects of their game.
“We’ve been working hard on being more effective with our ball possession and more penetrative when we are attacking.”
He said the Madibaz had also been concentrating on perfecting their attacking variations.
Young striker Simamkele Thobi, who joined the starting line-up for the first time in Bloemfontein, will be hoping to repeat his debut goal, while seasoned counterpart Lukhanyo Rasmeni will add his experience to the forward line-up.
Captain Kurt Duff will once again be the key at the centre-midfield position, while prolific goal-scorer Kieran Koert will start on the bench.
Although their opposition currently lie second from the bottom of the log, Harrison said they were not to be discounted.
“Limpopo will be a tough nut to crack. They showed in their last game against UWC, which ended in a draw, that they are a team that cannot be taken lightly.”
He said his side would have to be at their best if they were to beat their northern opponents.
“They’ll play for pride and honour, which will not make our task any easier.
“But we are determined. We will be fighting hard and going all out for the three points on offer.”
NMMU-Madibaz Squad: 24 Lyndsay Jennings, 2 Onela Beqezi, 5 Athini Bisha, 16 Lundi Balfour, 13 Vuyolwethu Marele, 19 Karabo Motlhabi, 6 Kurt Duff (captain), 17 Sachin Jackson, 18 Olwethu Ngako, 14 Simamkele Thobi, 8 Lukhanyo Rasmeni, 1 Matthew Booysen, 21 Kevin Kevido, 2 Lukhanyo Stemele, 4 Zukisani Mtendeni, 20 Litha Fingo, 11 Kieran Koert, 9 Lukhanyo Ndabeta.
UL Squad: 1 Jonathan Gole, 2 Ivan Tleane, 6 Edgar Mafunisa, 24 Austin Dube, 22 Kgotlelelo Kgoete, 21 Samuel Mathabathe, 7 Clyde Kgatla, 8 Blondy Mohale, 18 Johannes Manamela, 19 Cyril Ndhlovu, 9 Theo Phophi, 4 Themba Chauke, 17 Nelson Ndhima, 16 Harold Ndhlovu, 10 Vuledzani Chikhala, 11 Mahlatse Mogale, 5 Kganyago Matsobane, 12 Junior Mokgotho, 13 Pholoshi Bapela
Date: Monday, August 25
Venue: Madibaz Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Time: 19:00 (Televised live on Supersport 10)