NMMU Madibaz continued their dominance in local football when they drew 1-1 with their old rivals Callies in a PEFA Score Energy Premier League game to claim their second consecutive championship title on October 29.
Some of their achievements that they had won was when they were promoted to play in the SAFA Nelson Mandela Bay SAB Regional League during the promotions playoffs.
Their premier league reserve side put a seal on their win in their division long before the final match, topping the table by more than 10 league points. In addition, to their league title they also successfully defended their PEFA KO Cup crown this season.
According to NMMU Madibaz Football Manager Mark Tommy, these successes needed to be seen in the context of a long and demanding competitive calendar that his students had to navigate.
â€œThe Madibaz have played the most dominant and successful teams in PEFA leagues this year. But while local rivalry is important, it is by no means the be-all and end-all for student sport,â€? said Tommy.
He said Madibaz were the only club in the Eastern Cape that competed in all levels of national competitions.
â€œWe have a national footprint in Varsity Football as well as the University Sport SA national club championships where we have proved that we are one of the top seven footballing universities in South Africa,â€? said Tommy.
â€œOur objective is to show that it is possible to have a good tertiary education and still achieve on the football field. We hope our successes will motivate current Grade 12 learners to enrol at NMMU for the 2016 academic year.â€?