Tshwane University Technology Head of Sport Shadrack Ntangeni believes the spirit of “Tata Madiba” will once again be present at this year’s Varsity Football final on Thursday evening.
The TUT campus will host their second consecutive Varsity Football final and Ntangeni is confident that there will be no disruptions of any sort. TUT face city-rivals UP-Tuks in the final. Over the past couple of years TUT have experienced numerous politically-motivated rallies on campus, with students representing opposing viewpoints.
However, when it comes to Varsity Football, the students become a united force and are extremely passionate in their support for just one team: Bushy Maloi’s defending champions.
Ntangeni feels the atmosphere on campus is similar to the 1995 Rugby World Cup final when the late President Nelson Mandela united the Rainbow Nation when he showed his support for Francois Pienaar’s Springboks at Ellis Park.
“Our late Tata Madiba showed us the way during his life. That sport unites us in a way that nothing else can,” Ntangeni said.
“The student leadership bodies have put aside their political differences to ensure the final is a success. It creates a unifying environment. The student bodies must also be given credit for it is a continuation of what happened last year because there was a possibility that last year’s final could have been moved to the University of Johannesburg.
“But the final was hosted at TUT and assurances have been given once again, that the final will be held without any disruptions.”
Ntangeni believes this display of solidarity from the various student bodies indicates the significance Varsity Football has for the TUT learners.
“It is vitally important to reflect how TUT has embraced Varsity Football and made it their own. The [Varsity Football] final is a major occasion on the university’s calendar and the students will indeed go to extra lengths to create a vibrant and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone attending,” he said.