A very confident MUT Cricket Vice-Captain, Mlungisi Nxumalo said they were more than ready for the gruelling USSA feature as they will be traveling to the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) on 24 November 2019. “We have played three matches in the Division 7 KZN District, under the Durban District Cricket Union. We have won two matches. Our biggest winning margin was 163 runs against Simplex on 12 October 2019. Also, the fact that five of our players play for Premier League and Challenge Reserve teams means there is a lot of experience in our team. Our captain, Philani Zulu, and Sandile Phakathi, play for the Warriors, who are a Premier League outfit,” said Mlungisi. The cricket team will play five one day (ODI) matches between 26 and 29 November 2019.
The cricket team is one of the five teams the University is sending out to compete at various places across the country. The other teams are football, which is going to compete at the University of Witwatersrand; the chess team, which is going to square up against other teams at Rhodes University; and the boxing and aerobics teams will be at Secunda in the Mpumalanga Province. All the teams will play between 2 and 6 December 2019.
Bongile Ganyile of the sport department said all teams were prepared for the games; they were doing well in the local set-ups and did not have reasons to doubt their performance in the USSA games. “Our football team is in the first position on the SAB League at eThekwini,” said Ganyile.