KZN Impi set for Var­sity Shield opener

Weekend Witness - - Sport - JONATHAN COOK

THE Univer­sity of KZN Impi team to open their Var­sity Shield cam­paign against de­fend­ing champs Cen­tral Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Bloem­fontein on Mon­day was re­leased to Weekend Wit­ness yes­ter­day.

It has been an in­ten­sive, gru­elling process for the Impi play­ers who have been put through their paces over the last two months by head coach John Mitchell and his staff.

Loose for­ward Lwazi Ng­cungama, the 2013 UKZN Player of the Year, will cap­tain a side that con­tains a num­ber of play­ers with pro­vin­cial ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

There are also some un­known names.

Sanele Mal­wane is an un­her­alded player from Sarel Cil­liers High School in north­ern KZN who came though the cam­pus league and lower league teams in Mar­itzburg. Nel­son Makhaye is an or­phan from Grey­town who made it through to the team af­ter play­ing in the un­known stu­dent tri­als that Mitchell or­gan­ised in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber last year.

The UKZN Impi de­part tomorrow and the team’s Mar­itzburg club­house, the Sin­Bin, will be open on Mon­day for this first match of the Var­sity Shield 2014 cam­paign. UKZN Pi­eter­mar­itzburg chair­per­son Roger Shep­pard told Weekend Wit­ness that the pub­lic are wel­come to join the crowd of PMB sup­port­ers of UKZN Impi at the Golf Road venue in Scottsville.

“Kick­off is at 4.45 pm and the match is a live broad­cast on Su­perS­port, one of only two Shield league matches be­ing broad­cast live for the 2014 Shield cam­paign,” said Shep­pard. Henri Boshoff, Dean Muir, Ste­fan van Schalk­wyk, Gideon Koege­len­berg, Jo­han Wa­ge­naar, Lwazi Ng­cungama (capt), Zwela Zondi, Deon Car­ney, Cameron Wright, Bren­dan Cope, Henkie Groe­newald, Gareth Meikle, Rico Late­gan, Shayne Makombe, Bran­don Bail­ing, Matthew Man­dioma, Leon Mul­der, Adam Wes­sels, Sanele Mal­wane, Nel­son Makhaye, Gavin Nyawata, Mondli Nt­shingila, Sizwe Kub­heka.

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