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Madibaz Boys To Watch

NMMU-Madibz may not have had the best 2015 campaign, as they failed to emulate the feats of 2013 - where they reached the final - but there has been a few players who put their hands up.
 
The Port Elizabeth students ended their campaign second from bottom after picking up just one victory - against UWC in the final round of the mini-league phase - to go with two draws and four losses. 
 
A key factor that contributed to their unsuccessful tournament was their lack of composure in the final third, as they spoilt numerous scoring opportunities and only found the back of the net on three occasions.
 
We have highlighted four players who will certainly make a name for themselves at a higher level.
 
Athini Bisha
 
The no-nonsense defensive midfielder displayed his leadership skills like a seasoned pro as he maintained a high standard despite things not going his side's way. 
 
He provided the perfect link between the defenders and the midfielders, with his distribution skills and vision setting him apart from the rest of his team mates. He will certainly fit in well at any side as he has always been a team orientated player.
 
The Balfour brothers
 
Lonwabo and Lundi formed a dynamic partnership at the heart of the Madibaz' defence and their understanding is quite astonishing and have a similar style of play.
 
Lundi is the oldest of the pair and has been on the scene since 2013. He has always been a rock for the PE students and hardly anything or anyone got through him. He is also boasts a massive aerial game.
 
Lonwabo played in his first Varsity Football competition in 2015 but, if you had seen him in action, you would have thought he had been in the team for a number of years. He shows maturity and a knowledge of the game beyond his years and with some more experience, will certainly be an asset to any defence.
 
Cloudius Sagandira
 
The classic number 10 was at the heart of each of the attacks and has an array of skills that he can turn on at any moment and terrorise defenders. His match awareness and composure in the final third saw him find the back of the net on numerous occasions over the years.
 
He is certainly going to go far in this game and is more than likely to don the National jersey of Zimbabwe in the very near future.
 
One other Madibaz player popped up for consideration but a massive injury saw his tournament being prematurely ended and we were robbed of the talents of watching Kieran Koert slam home some long range strikes.
 
With the likes of Bay United and Chippa United on their doorsteps, we can certainly keep our eyes on these players to make the step up in the near future.

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