DUT RESIDENCE LEAGUE COMES BACK
By: Kwazi Dlamini
The Durban University Technology’s residence league is set to start after so many setbacks and obstacles.
The league –which will consist of dominant sporting codes like soccer, netball and volleyball – is set to finally start next Wednesday. It started late last year because of the regular yearly strikes that the institution usually has. This year the institution experienced the same problem with a strike that lasted for almost a month.
There are too many events taking place within the institution that also had a huge blow since and fixtures had to be arranged around those events. The graduation event, which takes place this month, had their tents erected at the Fred Crooks Sports Centre.
The stadium at Fred Crooks Sports Centre, Steve Biko campus, was also reduced due to construction behind the goalkeeper posts.
The construction has limited the number of play grounds available –leaving only the Curries Fountain and Alpine Sports Ground for soccer, netball and volleyball
Over 24 residences will be participating in the league. The Fred Crooks stadium cannot be used this year for any official game except for training.
DUT Chairperson of sport committee, Cebisa Doda said, “The strike and other school programs caused the delay and we had to reshuffle the league in terms of adding more days to play like Wednesdays and we hope to finish on time.”
One of the biggest delays was the number of holidays and long weekends in the month of April and would not allow for any games to be played.
Doda also said that the Student Housing Department has agreed to provide transport for games played on Sundays to cover up for time lost.
“Some of the new residences don’t have playing kits and training balls, that also causes the delay because we cannot play while others don’t have playing uniform. But we are still talking to the Department of Housing about new kits because we want to prevail as far as professionalism is concerned,” Doda concluded.