THE University of KZN Impi team to open their Varsity Shield campaign against defending champs Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein on Monday was released to Weekend Witness yesterday. It has been an intensive, gruelling process for the Impi players who have been put through their paces over the last two months by head coach John Mitchell and his staff. Loose forward Lwazi Ngcungama, the 2013 UKZN Player of the Year, will captain a side that contains a number of players with provincial experience, as well as national representation. There are also some unknown names. Sanele Malwane is an unheralded player from Sarel Cilliers High School in northern KZN who came though the campus league and lower league teams in Maritzburg. Nelson Makhaye is an orphan from Greytown who made it through to the team after playing in the unknown student trials that Mitchell organised in November and December last year. The UKZN Impi depart tomorrow and the team’s Maritzburg clubhouse, the SinBin, will be open on Monday for this first match of the Varsity Shield 2014 campaign. UKZN Pietermaritzburg chairperson Roger Sheppard told Weekend Witness that the public are welcome to join the crowd of PMB supporters of UKZN Impi at the Golf Road venue in Scottsville. “Kick-off is at 4.45 pm and the match is a live broadcast on SuperSport, one of only two Shield league matches being broadcast live for the 2014 Shield campaign,” said Sheppard. UKZN IMPI Henri Boshoff, Dean Muir, Stefan van Schalkwyk, Gideon Koegelenberg, Johan Wagenaar, Lwazi Ngcungama (capt), Zwela Zondi, Deon Carney, Cameron Wright, Brendan Cope, Henkie Groenewald, Gareth Meikle, Rico Lategan, Shayne Makombe, Brandon Bailing, Matthew Mandioma, Leon Mulder, Adam Wessels, Sanele Malwane, Nelson Makhaye, Gavin Nyawata, Mondli Ntshingila, Sizwe Kubheka.