The tournament will run from 1 – 5 December in Durban hosted by DUT Durban Campus
The opening ceremony will be held at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi Township on 1 December 2014 starting at 17h00.
There will be matches played at the University of KwaZulu Natal (Howard College), Durban University of Technology (Steve Biko Campus) and Curries Fountain Stadium.
The finals will take place on Friday, 5 December 2014 at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium with the Ladies scheduled to start at 14h00 and the Men’s Match will follow at 16h00.
The opening ceremony will be followed by a Gala Dinner, which will take place on Friday, 5 December 2014 at the DUT Steve Biko Campus Sports Center.
It starts at 20h00.
In the last edition of the Games in Russia, the SA Women’s team finished in fourth place. The Men’s team failed to secure an invite as they did not do well but could be in contention for 2015 as they are now second in Africa.
Invites are expected next month.
“We have made our mark in the World Student Games as a country with our ladies team finishing fourth in the last edition. We have a strongly believe that this time around they will bring a medal home. The Annual National Championships are a perfect platform for our teams to prepare for the highly esteemed World Student Games. We hope the players will seize the opportunity of performing to the best of their abilities,” said Nomsa Mahlangu, Chairperson of USSA Football.
This year there will be sixteen men’s teams contesting the Club Championships, and only 15 in the women’s section after one team pulled out.
· Mangosuthu University of Technology
· University of Johannesburg
· Vaal University of Technology
· University of Kwazulu-Natal
· Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
· Northwest University
· Cape Peninsula University of Technology
· Central University of Technology, Free State
· University of Limpopo
· University of Western Cape
· Wits University
· Durban University of Technology
· Tshwane University of Technology
· University of Pretoria
· Walter Sisulu University
· University of Zululand
Former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini and striker Noko Matlou are some of the players that have graced these National Championships.
Banyana Banyana vice captain Refiloe “FIFI” Jane will appear in the colours of Vaal University of Technology, while defender Simphiwe Dludlu will be sitting on the bench as an assistant coach for Tukkies.
Male players who have showcased their talents in the previous editions include Luvolwethu Mpeta (Bafana Bafana and Platinum Stars), Tefo Mashamaite (Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs); Lehlohonolo Majoro (Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates); Thabo Rakhale (Orlando Pirates) and Siyabonga Nhlapo (Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits).