Madibaz set to challenge

HAVING played second fiddle to Gelvan Hurricanes for three years, NMMU are determined to launch a strong challenge for the EP men’s premier league hockey title this year.
The varsity outfit have been a perennial powerhouse in EP hockey for many years, but the emergence of Gelvan as a serious force under coach Saan Ajam has seen the students slip slightly.
Gelvan’s three straight titles, though, have been a welcome wake-up call for NMMU and coach Cheslyn Gie said on Thursday they were aiming to make a serious impact this year in a bid to regain the title.
Meanwhile, Ajam, again in charge at Gelvan, said he welcomed such talk. “It’s a good thing for EP hockey,” Ajam said, “and it will certainly motivate us to maintain our standards.”
NMMU had made a stuttering start to the season. Their match last week against Lakeside Cavaliers was turned into a friendly because there was only one umpire for the game, while Sunday’s game against Old Grey at NMMU has been postponed because of the Ironman competition.
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