DUT SPORT TEAMS GEAR UP FOR USSA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Written by: Thembelenkosini Makhuba
The Durban University of Technology will be partaking in the 2017 University Sport South Africa (USSA) hosted by various South African universities including the University of Witwatersrand.
Bongani Yengwa, head of the Department Sport Administration at the Durban University of Technology, said that he values the USSA because it puts universities’ sport teams on the map.
‘’It’s where universities test each other’s strengths. All over the world most countries are known because of their performance in sports. By us doing well, it puts us on the map. It also gives our students opportunities to be selected for national teams,” said Yengwa.
“We have seen teams training in morning and afternoon sessions. Some have been playing in leagues and that’s also been a process of preparations,” Yengwa added.
Phumlani Mthethwa, captain of the football team, expressed how excited the team is for the tournament.
“As a team we are looking forward to doing well this time around because in 2014, we didn’t do so well. Now our squad is well balanced with a mixture of a few experienced players,” said Mthethwa.
Mthethwa’s team has been engaged in preparations for quite some time now.
“Our preparations started last year and I think we are ready now. The boys have been doing good in the leagues as well. This year we hope to reach the semi-finals,”Mthethwa added.
The DUT sport teams that will be partaking in this year’s USSA 2017 tournament include netball, basketball, football, volleyball, aerobics, karate and dance.
Hockey player Elizabeth Kunene said that the hockey girls are more committed and are mentally prepared for the contest.
“This time around there was more training and the girls were more committed. As a team we have worked hard to prove our worth in the game. We are going to our section as the under dogs and our opponents should not underestimate us,” said Kunene.
Nompumelelo Dlamini, chairperson of the DUT netball team described the atmosphere amongst them as they prepare for the tournament.
“The atmosphere is very tense. The team wishes to win at least more than one game as compared to last year,” said Dlamini.
Yengwa’s expectation for all teams is for them to win.
‘We’re expecting them to do well that means coming back with medals. However, above everything, they should go there and enjoy themselves,” Yengwa concluded.