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Unisa crowned overall winner at SAUSSA 2017

Several Unisans attended and participated in the annual Southern African Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) games in 2017, where they were crowned as overall winners after accomplishing gold in soccer, silver in netball and 8-ball pool, and bronze in ladies volleyball.

The games take place every year for one week of sporting glory. For 2017, the SAUSSA games were hosted by the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape from 11 to 15 December 2017.

This is how Unisa fared in the SAUSSA games.

All the awards that Unisa brought home.

Soccer

In this category, the Unisa soccer team outplayed everyone and took gold under the watchful eye of coach Gavin Mlambo and his assistant Anna Monate. Praise should also be given to Wesley Sihlongonyane (for his captaincy), Fhumulani Ramasunga (goalkeeping abilities), Blessing Mkhatswa (reading of the game and defence abilities), Debson Chauke (goal scoring abilities), Themba Mjoli (trickery and goal scoring), Zizamele Mtungwa (marshalling the middle field), Sefoka Dikobo (hard work and dedication in the field), and all other player who worked their socks off to ensure that Unisa triumphed.

The final results of this category are as follows:

  • 1st place: Unisa
  • 2nd place: University of Fort Hare
  • 3rd place: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University


Netball

The Unisa netball team, under the watchful eye of Coach Ndomelele Sotshononda and his assistant Kgaugelo Lekota, fought very hard during the group and knockout stages to proceed to the finals where they lost to the resilient North West University. Captain Lebo Mokone and her teammates were very impressive during the games.

The final results of this category are as follows:

  • 1st place: University of North West
  • 2nd place: Unisa
  • 3rdplace: Walter Sisulu University


Volleyball

The Unisa Volleyball team for males was unfortunately knocked out during the semi-final stage of the games. The boys were, however, very impressive.

The final results of this category are as follows:

  • 1st place: National University of Sciences and Technology (Zimbabwe)
  • 2nd place: University of Fort Hare
  • 3rd place: University of Botswana

The Unisa volleyball team for women joined forces with the University of Limpopo because of a shortage of players and they secured a third position out of the female teams that participated.

  • 1st place: National University of Lesotho
  • 2nd place: University of Botswana
  • 3rd place: Unisa and the University of Limpopo


Indoor games

The Unisa team secured second place in the pool category, but was knocked out in the group stages for darts category.

Pool category winners:

  • 1st place: University of Limpopo
  • 2nd place: Unisa
  • 3rd place: National University of Lesotho


Darts category winners:

  • 1st place: Africa University (Zimbabwe)
  • 2nd place: University of Malawi
  • 3rd place: National University of Sciences and Technology ( Zimbabwe)


Athletics

Some universities came well prepared for this category. Thatayaone Keloilwe managed to secure one gold medal in the 400 metres (for age category 36-45) for Unisa.

Winners of this category are as follows:

  • 1st place: Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • 2nd place: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • 3rd place: National University of Sciences and Technology (Zimbabwe)

See gallery below for more images from the SAUSSA games.

Mr M Toni (SAUSSA Vice President: Technical), Ms Lebo Mokone (Unisa Netball Team Captain) and Mr K Moabi (University of Fort Hare: Director Institutional Advancement Marketing and Communications).

Mr M Toni (SAUSSA Vice President: Technical), Mr Wesley Sihlongonyane (Unisa Football Team Captain) and Mr K Moabi ( University of Fort Hare : Director Institutional Advancement Marketing and Communications).

Mr M Toni (SAUSSA Vice President: Technical), Unisa and University of Limpopo volleyball team representatives and Mr K Moabi (University of Fort Hare: Director Institutional Advancement Marketing and Communications).

Mr M Toni (SAUSSA Vice President: Technical), Mr Meshack Ramathelesa (Unisa Pool Team Captain) and Mr K Moabi (University of Fort Hare: Director Institutional Advancement Marketing and Communications),

SAUSSA was formed in 1999 with the purpose of enabling university staff members within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to interact with each other through sports and recreation. The association comprises 19 universities in the SADC region from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.