Fort Hare gears for victory following the announcement of teams to represent the University at three major sports tournaments

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A winning spirit enveloped the University of Fort Hare (UFH) sporting fraternity on Wednesday evening when the teams that will represent the University at three major tournaments namely: UFH Blues at the Varsity Shield, Baby Blues at Varsity Cup, and the Ladies Football in the Hollywoodbets Super League were announced.

The official team announcement and send-off ceremony was held at the Student Centre on the Alice campus, where speaker after speaker showered the teams with words of encouragement, leaving no doubt that the University was fully behind them.

TheFort Hare Blues which were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Varsity Shield last year following a successful campaign in 2022 when they were crowned champions are adamant to reclaim the title this season.

The Baby Blues, which have gained a reputation for churning out provincial and national players have produced several Springboks for both 7s and 15s teams, two of them as captains.

The Lady’s Football remains unmatched after they competed their last season without defeat which saw them crowned Sasol Super League champions, a passage to the prestigious Hollywoodsbets.

During the send-off ceremony, in the true sense of the word(s) “like a soldier in the army ready for the war,” a song reverberated in the hall in between speakers.

Among the speakers was young and well-decorated Sivuyisiwe Cezula, a former Baby Blues, former Springbok and once border cricket player said: “Great moments are born from great opportunities, and you must be proud of what you have earned. This is your year, make it count. The time to write your future is now.”

“To soldier on, to brush off dust after taking a knock requires a lot and that’s where at times you will find your turning point,” said South African rugby union footballer, Lubabalo ‘Terror’ Mthembu who shared his experiences.

Sibonelo Doyisa, the Football assistant coach, appreciated the support they were receiving from different quarters of the University and urged the teams to “seek to conquer new horizons”.

One of the Blues coaches, Sive Maxham did not mince his words when he said: “Mabeze” (bring it on).  “We have been hard at work and have left no stone unturned, we will go and fight to win, we crave the Varsity Cup space”.

“The University has played its part now it’s your turn, don’t wait, go claim it”, said Ntyatyambo Mkafu, Baby Blues coach.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu commended the sports management team for the role played in ensuring that the institution has a full squad. “I do not doubt they are all going to win.”

The Luma Ke Blues kickstarts its FNB Varsity Shield campaign against relegated University of Pretoria on Friday, 23 February, at 19h00 in the Davidson stadium in Alice.