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Thursday Jul 10, 2014. 12:46
The head coach of University Sport South Africa (USSA) Nkululeko Malgas shared his thoughts on the upcoming SAB National Championships, which kicks-off in Mafikeng on Sunday.
USSA will be eager to improve on their showing at last year's event, which saw them lose all of their group games.
Nkululeko, the team struggled at last year’s event - are you confident that you guys can turn things around this year?
The challenge we faced last term was that the executive committee was changing hands when the tournament was about to kick-off. We didn't have a proper build-up to the tournament and as a result struggled.
This year we did have the necessary preparation, the boys have enjoyed the necessary exposure and everything wasn't left till the 11th hour. We are confident that our relatively young side will do well at this year’s event.
When did the team gather and from where do most of the boys come from?
We gathered at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria on Sunday. We actually compromised a group of 40 players from last year’s club Championship at TUT which took place in December, but only 32 pitched on Sunday.
The boys are mostly from the North West Vaal Campus, but we also have players from WITS, VUT, TUT, Polokwane University and a few other Universities from around the country.
The challenge we have had is that players from, for example TUKS and NMMU, were unavailable for selection because of the upcoming Varsity Cup. We have since narrowed the group down to 18.
Who is coach Nkululeko Malgas?
Malgas is a coach at the Walter Sisulu University. He has been part of the USSA national setup since 2006. He holds a CAF B coaching licence, a SAFA coaching license and has attended a coaching clinic in The Netherlands.