The FNB NMMU-Madibaz squad fought to the final whistle in the fifth round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International in Port Elizabeth on Monday night.
Despite ultimately going down by a two-point margin to FNB Shimlas (23-21), the hosts showed an encouraging fightback and improved performance after a string of recent losses.
The home side put in a determined effort to hold the former log leaders at bay, with the outcome looking like a certain draw until the dying seconds of the game.
Despite marking the Madibaz’s fourth loss of the tournament, head coach David Maidza was in positive spirits after the match.
“We implemented the strategies we had been working on all week, and it was good to see the team working together to improve,” he said.
Maidza said there was definitely a big improvement in the NMMU team’s performance this week, especially when considering how close the result had been against one of the top teams this season.
He said the effort his team had been putting in to minimise their errors had paid off on the night.
“The best part about Monday’s match was that we stuck exactly to how we
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