A tough season for FNB UKZN has come to an end, with only one victory from seven outings, and pushing the Impi’s to second from the bottom on the log.
Despite the squad being made up of a bunch of young and inexperienced players, there were signs of some promising talent that with the right development, bodes well for the future.
UKZN captain Tino Mazindhu who has been one of the anchors holding the team together, shared his thoughts with Varsity Shield on his team’s performance this season.
It’s been a difficult season for UKZN, what do you think went wrong?
“Of course, it’s not the season we had hoped for with several disappointing results. We came into this season with a young team with many of our players leaving, and with a new coaching staff. So, we can take this season as a rebuilding phase for next year.”
What have been some of the positives to take away?
“The character development of my teammates. A lot of which I’ve seen throughout the season especially when times were tough during the games. Most of the boys stepped up and as a captain, I couldn’t be any prouder of my teammates.”
What message do you have for your team and the UKZN fans following this season’s performances?
“To the boys, thank you for sharing the battlefield with me, for giving your best and always keeping your heads up. I’m proud of the effort we’ve shown. ‘It has to rain before you see the rainbow’, meaning we’ve gone through the hard part, the success is on its way. To our fans, thank you for always supporting us and never giving up on us. You’ve been our 16th man this season. And to the UKZN community at large, it’s been a difficult season, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity of wearing that Impi jersey and representing not only our school but our province throughout the country.”