With one more round left to play this weekend in the SAB League Cape Town, FN Rangers top the log by 7 points and are the champions. There was a twist to the story as FN Rangers were facing a disciplinary hearing because of fielding an ineligible player.
According to sources, the Royal Road team registered a player who played in another region before and when they received his player’s card as per normal from SAFA CT, Rangers assumed all was in order. It was only when the MySAFA system came into place, which is the system which links all SAFA region registrations, a red flag was raised which indicated that the player was still registered in the region he came from.
Does the fault lie with the team or the region? Fortunately FN Rangers have been cleared and will be representing the Cape Town region at the playoffs reportedly take place in the Eden region in June.
A look at the relegation zone sees Citizens dropping out of the league next year as they are six points behind their closest rivals and with only 1 game left. Between Citizens and Bayview United, who are the last safe team, are Cultural Roots and Two Oceans Academy who are fighting to maintain their status. Both teams have tough encounters this weekend with Roots playing away to Bayview and Two Oceans facing Riverside Rangers at Hickory Road and it will be a real test of character and nerve for them.
In the ABC Motsepe League it’s all been done and dusted. Steenberg United are again champions and will representing Western Cape in the playoffs in Limpopo facing a team from Free State (still to be decided) and Umvoti FC from KZN in the group stages. Coach Mike Lukhubene and his team will be hoping to do better this time round as 2 years ago they failed to reach the finals and gain promotion.
The Magic FC ended up second place this season with 64 points as compared to last year’s position of fourth spot with 56 points so slight improvement for them. Looking at their goal scored comparison, The Magic found the net 11 more times this season and a big contribution from Thurlo Moosa must be noted.
Ace FC really lit up the league this season as first time entrants. With a full time playing squad and some real gems in the line up they took the league by storm and led for most of the season. Unfortunately for them the hype which was created might have been too much for the team to handle as they dropped crucial points at times where it was expected of them to win. A massive support followed this team wherever they played and credit to all the people involved with this project as what was achieved doesn’t happen without planning.
Grassy Park United once again were not able to maintain their threat this season. Finishing on fourth place, one better than last year. Their goal against tells the tale of their season. Defensive issue from the start was their Achilles heel although it stabilized during the season but the damage was already done. Conceding forty goals and ending with a goal average of eleven won’t normally get you a top four spot but they were fortunate enough to have top strikers heading the attack and finding the back of the net.
HBUFC as new comers have a great story to tell after gaining promotion last season and ending fifth spot in the ABC Motsepe League. Although the team has changed a bit since their season last year in the SAB League, their tenacity and fighting spirit remains the cornerstone of their team dynamic. Captain Byron Mckellar continued his impressive performances from last year together with striker Mzwandile Ntozini, rising to the level of the league. Ntozini also known as Zwai, ended up being one of the top goal scorers in the league.
Next season is already being planned with some teams aiming to do better while others have put up the FOR SALE sign.
Younger players are seeking to find teams to take the next step while others scurry to find a team as they no longer meet the Under criteria.
Hopefully players learn their lesson and heed the advice of those who have walked their path and find a stable source of income while expressing themselves on the football field.