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Weels get Matroos rolling to the playoffs

Match day for the Mens Regional League final 2021 eventually took place on a chilly Tuesday night at NY49, Gugulethu.

The delay of this fixture was caused by a complaint filed by Silver Spurs against Hanover Park for fielding an ineligible player in the last match of the season when HP faced Vasco Da Gama.

In the Regional Mens League the statutes states that the onus is on each club to record the yellow cards issued and not the responsibility of the League. In many opinions that is a copout by the League as it’s a responsibility which is shifted to the amateur clubs. Be that as it may, that is the law at the moment.
With the above said, the League does publish a summary of cautions on a weekly basis and on that summary, the player in question still had 3 yellow cards recorded and the 4th received against City was not recorded.

Spurs lost the initial case but appealed and won via arbitration resulting in Hanover Park being deducted 3 points and making them end 3rd on the log with Trinitarians second and Spurs 1st meaning that Spurs would face Stream A winners, Matroosfontein.

Many predicted the match to be tactical and a bit on the slow side but it instead it turned out to be an exciting and tactical encounter. Although both sides showed aggression in attack, it was Matroos who seemed the more dominant. Cheslyn Visagie, the Spurs defender, had a torrid time keeping his defence in check while they saw off the danger posed by Matroos. It was the side from the “dorp” who scored first but Spurs managed to get a goal back by halftime.

In the second half Matroosfontein continued their rhythm as they probed the Spurs defence while Spurs seemed to have only game plan which was playing the ball to top goal scorer, Ameen Awaldeen but he was kept at bay by James Berziek, the Matroos captain and central defender.

With the 2 goals scored in the second half, the side from Matroosfontein saw out the rest of the match and prevented any danger offered by Spurs to threaten them.

At the end of the match Coach Victor Tajoodien of Silver Spurs had this to say: “Although we are devastated, Matroos was the better team on the night and we wish them well in playoffs”

Coach Patrick Weels “I’m over the moon, we waited long for this and the players gave a good account of themselves tonight.”

Matroosfontein advance to the regional playoffs where they aim to take the leap to the ABC Motsepe League this weekend.

Team performance is key for Matroos

Matroosfontein are sitting pretty at the top of Stream A and it’s unlikely that they will be dethroned from the summit but, coach Patrick Weels is all to weary of complacency as he can still recall the season when his side was 21 points clear and still failed to win the league. In his own words “I will never forget that season”

On Saturday the log leaders hosted the team at the bottom of the log, Bayview FC from Mitchells Plain. If anyone thought that this would be a walk in the park for Matroos, they would be highly mistaken as the Bayview team is on the mend and have shown improved results of late.

It was the home side that took the early initiative as Curtley Poole latched on a loose ball in the final third and squeezed it inside the near post to give his side the early lead.

After the goal the visitors started to string a few attacks together and applied pressure on the hosts’ defence. In the 10th minute Lincoln Felix from Bayview had the opportunity to unleash a shot but was off target not troubling the Matroos goalkeeper, Preston Branco.
Bayview held majority of the possession but lacked the ability to create real opportunities mainly because of poor decision making in the final third. Matroosfontein were picking up the loose ball quite easily and were swift in their attack with the ball being swung from 1 side of the field to the other in a very speedily fashion.

It was also clear that the home side preferred smaller interchanges before directing the ball into space on the far side where 1 of their attackers were ready to pounce. Kyle Morris, of Matroosfontein, was dangerous off the ball as well as when in possession.

The Matroosfontein midfield pairing of Reagan Faro and Curtley Poole formed a good combination and understanding of each other’s whereabouts which made it easier to relieve pressure as soon as they won the ball.
For Bayview, Taariq Petersen and Chad Goliath were stand out performers.

The first half ended 1-0 to the home side but all the questions were being asked by the visitors.

With coach Rezaan Jacobs from Bayview making some adjustments to his line up, the visitors were able to continue their hunt for the equalizer. The second half became a more open affair with players tiring but the intensity of the match was still present. Bayview got their equalizer when Matroosfontein defence was unable to clear a wide cross effectively and the experienced Rezico Davids, struck the ball towards goal and into the net, making the score 1-1.

In their search for the winner Bayview had a lapse of concentration and a minute after the goal was scored, the home side snuck in behind the defence to score the winner. A probing through ball by Curtley Poole to Luciano Johnson was enough for Johnson to bury the ball pass Bayview keeper, Marawaan Cupido.

Great performances by these boys. From left – Wendell Cornelissen, Kyle Moses and Luciano Johnson

As a recap, Bayview’s downfall in this match would be their poor decision making in the final third and maybe playing too much as individuals as compared to Matroosfontein’s team performance and well drilled attacking play when in possession.

The win solidifies Matroosfontein top position as they prepare to the winner of Stream B.

Spoils shared at Hickory Battle

On Saturday Hanover Park visited their old rival Silver Spurs at Hickory Road in a much anticipated SAFA Regional League 3rd division match.

The visitors entered the weekend with 2 games in hand with a double header and could potentially have been placed top of the log if both games were won.

The action was nonstop from the start with both sides not willing to give an inch of advantage to their opponent and it was clear that bruising tackles with spirited performances was on the cards for the day. The match could be described as a classic match of 2 halves where either side could’ve walked off as winners.

Hanover Park had the upper hand in the first half with Spurs doing most of the defending. In the 11th minute the home side conceded a corner and in their failure to clear their goal area, Carl Van Reenen from Hanover Park was allowed to pounce on the loose ball and score the opening goal of the match.
The visitors’ lead was short lived as not more than a minute later Rabian Beukes equalized for Silver Spurs after latching onto a free kick in the Hanover Park half.

The rest of the half saw few attempts by both sides but with Hanover Park looking more likely to score. Just before the break, Aasif George the Hanover Park attacker, did well to round the Spurs defence and squeeze his pass into the small box where Mikyle George calmly took his shot but Spurs’ goalkeeper, Carlo Jones pulled off an impressive save.

After the break the home team improved their performance and made the 2nd half their own. They had a bit more possession and created more opportunities to score. The Spurs front man, Brandon Schroeder, missed some golden opportunities especially late in the second half but in the end a tight and not so pretty football match ended with both sides sharing the spoils.

City Claim Victory In 7 Goal Thriller

Johnston Road was the venue which hosted Junction Rovers and Cape Town City in a bottom of the table clash in stream B of the Regional Mens League.

Both teams are in a rebuilding phase this season as they have new coaches in charge this year with a change in player staff to their respective squads. With neither team able to record a win thus far, the opportunity was up for grabs for either coaches to record their first 3 pointer.

The first few minutes of the match saw City with a slight upper hand which resulted in their opening attempt by Austin Faro but his attempt was saved by Junction goal keeper Shakeel Arendse.
Junction quickly responded when Lucian Johannes found himself with time and space in the City box but he scuffed his shot wide.

The contrasting playing styles was clear to see as the visitors kept their width while trying to draw the opponents inside in an attempt to free up space for those wide players. This did however leave City vulnerable at times when defending as most of the Junction attacks came from the left and right hand side of the field.

Rovers missed a prime opportunity to open the scoring when Sikeurro Sheller and Mikyle Adams failed to communicate with each other inside the small box of the City goal keeper and both attempted to shoot simultaneously and, in the end, fluffed the attempt wide of the posts.

In the 30th minute the tall Cape Town City goal keeper, Sixolisiwe Madolwana, was called into action and saved an attempt by Lwandile Dlokova who only had the keeper to beat to put his side in the lead. Junction Rovers had their fair share of the ball and created opportunities but they lacked the final pass and composure to make those attempts count.

Late in the first half the defence of Junction Rovers was caught napping when Sihle Doyiza guided his curling free kick into the opponents’ area and teammate Faro latched onto the end of it and scored the opening goal taking his side 1-0 up.
Sisonke Lubelwana from City came close to doubling his side’s lead when his shot from outside the Junction box was heading for goal when keeper, Arendse, tipped the attempt over the crossbar.

Just before the halftime whistle Lebelwana had another attempt on target which Arendse got a hand to but this time the shot was too strong for him to save and crossed the goal line to take City 2-0 into the break. The good build up from the middle of the park which led to the attempt made the goal a bit more precious.

Early after the restart Cape Town City were awarded a penalty as the Junction keeper was adjudged to have fouled Luvulo Bhangushe in the penalty area and Sifumba Luphumlo converted from the spot.

Shortly after Junction’s Lucian Johannes, assisted by Mikyle Adams, found the back of the net to get his side on the scoresheet and instill some belief in a comeback. The second half was very different compared to the first as Rovers kept the ball long and influenced the match with substitutions which made an impact in their attack. This aerial ploy had City under pressure and were left defending for many parts of the half.

City had another penalty awarded but Lisakhanyo Mene had his spot kick saved by Arendse. With the match a bit more open, opportunities were created on either side and unfortunately the home side had too many near misses to be able to salvage any points from the encounter.

The match ended with a 4-3 victory to Cape Town City and leaves Junction Rovers firmly rooted at the bottom with 1 point.

Goal scorers were:
Junction Rovers – Lucian Johannes, Marlin Wilters and Vuyisa Sigalelana
Cape Town City – Austin Faro x 2, Sisonke Lubelwana and Sifumba Luphumlo

Points shared after an intense encounter

The clash between Cape Umoya and Silver Spurs at the Portuguese Club on Saturday was expected to be a tight affair with both sides needing the win after their previous weekend.
Firstly, the home side had an admin mishap the week before which caused them to default their match against Vasco Da Gama and resulted in their first loss of the season.

Silver Spurs on the other hand failed to win both their double header fixtures last week and could only record a draw in both matches, 0-0 with Bluegum and 1-1 with Jamestown.

From the kickoff the tone for the match was set as both sides were in an attacking mood. Umoya’s attack was led by Riyaaz Nell, while Spurs’ strike force included Robbie Fredericks and Ameen Awaldien.

Within the first 10 minutes there were opportunities at both ends but it wasn’t until the 17th minute when Fredericks held up a loose ball in the opponent’s half and delivered a pass to Ethan Felix, who found Awaldien in the area and he calmly finished off the move with a goal, leaving Umoya’s goalkeeper, Thaaqib Domingo, with no chance.

There was an immediate reaction from Gareth Ncaca’s men when they launched an attack but Adenaan Brown had his shot saved.

The rest of the first half consisted of the away side creating opportunities and using their possession to penetrate the last 3rd but couldn’t convert their chances whereas the home side were continually trying to play from the back but with the bouncy pitch it was difficult for them to execute their game plan. Spurs also started applying a high press which forced Umoya to play the long ball out which was easily picked up by the able Spurs defence.

The second half started with Umoya on the front foot as they searched for the equalizer. The addition of Levi Qubeka as part of the Umoya attack made a positive difference for the home side. With 4 minutes played the home side were awarded a penalty when an attempt on target struck Spurs’ defender, Rabian Beukes’ hand and Riyaaz Nell scored to bring his side on level terms.
Umoya were reduced to 10 men when Adenaan Brown was sent off for violent conduct after he felt he was fouled close to the touchline.

Neither side found their rhythm in the second half and although the match was quite physical it started to become a bit more intense as the half continued. With tackles flying in and tensions running high the match became very open as both sides attempted to create opportunities. Spurs were unable to make their extra man count and had to settle for a draw while Cape Umoya will feel that they played well enough to deserve a win but too little chances were created during the match for them to make a difference to the score line.

This weekend’s matches have some interesting match ups coming up. The early kick off in Hangberg is at 1PM as Crystal Palace host Bayview FC. The venue is a contentious issue amongst clubs at the moment because of its small size and little space around the field which has caused some serious injuries for players. Palace have already lost 3 matches while Bayview have recorded 2 losses with a draw. Both teams have won 2 games and this should be a balanced affair.

A bottom of the log clash awaits in Langa as Cape Town United and Goal 50 go head-to-head in an attempt to climb the log. Another match that should be balanced based on recent results.

What is promised to be a tough encounter is taking place in Ocean View as the home side hosts Matroosfontein, current leaders in Stream A and there’s no doubt it won’t be smooth sailing for the visitors.

The final match in the group will be played in Mitchells Plain when Woodlands welcome Greenwood Athletic to Stephen Reagan. To their standards. both teams are recording below par results at the moment with Greenwood looking more to make a recovery of their season. Another appetizing encounter ahead but will Coach Zarrie and his Woodlands team be able to clinch it?

Stream B has similar balanced matches and it starts with an amended kick off between Junction Rovers and Cape Town City. The match has been moved to Johnston Road as the Heideveld facility has been closed off due to a positive covid case. This is a bottom of the log clash with neither side able to record a victory as yet. Both coaches are new in the league and will be looking at this match to bank some much needed points.

Jamestown welcome Cape Umoya to Hazel road and both sides are headed by former great players now in their coaching roles namely Marawaan Bantam (Jamestown) and Gareth Ncaca (Umoya). Cape Umoya will be favourites for this one but there’s no discounting Jamestown as they will be confident after their victory over Bluegum last week.

Trinitarians and Vasco Da Gama are on the same points and are separated by goal difference. These 2 teams face each other in Uitsig and could home ground advantage see Coach Zaheer and his Trinnies team take this one?

Another exciting match up is Bluegum hosting Hanover Park at Bonteheuwel. Hanover Park had a good start and will feel boosted after their 5-0 win over Junction last week. Bluegum play well at home and have a vibrant energetic team, will they be too hot to handle for the visitors?

Sunday sees the final match of the weekend when Cape Umoya host Trinitarians at the Portuguese Club in Milnerton.

Matroosfontein Ahead of the Stream

Reagan Faro in red, leading the Matroos attack

In a double header weekend, Heideveld side Goal 50 Unite, hosted Matroosfontein on Saturday at Heideveld in an early 2pm kick off. The visitors came to Heideveld with a better record for the season than their hosts as coach Patrick Wheels’ charges played 2 games of which they won 1 and drew 1 while Goal 50 Unite lost both their opening matches.

One of the first chances of the match fell to Matroosfontein when Lorenzo Jaap did extremely well out wide to round the defence and deliver a good cross into the area of Goal 50 but Keanan De Wet struck his shot over the crossbar. It was clear that the lanky striker Reagan Faro, would be a concern for the Goal 50 defence as his work rate, energy and ability to link up with his teammates was plain to see.

The home side was not outdone by their more favoured opponents as they managed to compete for possession in the midfield but to their own undoing, lost the ball by unforced errors as they were guilty of not releasing the ball quick enough. At the times when they tried to release the ball quicker, their passes were either intercepted or not completed.

Matroosfontein captain James Beziek dictating play on Saturday

The first half seemed more like the Heideveld side were waiting on their opponents’ errors and then play off those mistakes but many times the action took place deep in their own half and they were not effective in playing the ball further up the field.

On the other hand, Matroos looked more structured, energized, executing good combinations, confident in their plan and enjoyed plenty of possession in the midfield with captain, James Beziek dictating the pace and attack with his passing and vision.

The visitor’s first goal came shortly before halftime when Albertino Van De Heuwel guided a well delivered corner kick, taken by Curtley Poole, into the far corner of the poles beating goal keeper, Niven Scott.

Just after 9 minutes in the 2nd half, Goal 50 was unfortunate to concede as the visitors scored their 2nd goal. Faro struck a shot from outside the area and goalkeeper Scot, lost his footing as he slipped and to his dismay could only watch the ball pass him into the back of the net.

Faro scored his second when he took charge of a free kick just outside the home side’s area and struck the ball pass the diving Scot who wasn’t quick enough to react and prevent the goal being scored.

The second half consisted of the hosts trying their utmost to get back into the encounter and at times they had the upper hand as the visitors seemed to have relaxed a bit. With changes being made by the home side, they were more penetrative and created opportunities inside the final third. There hard work was rewarded with a penalty and Jean Pierre Jafta made no mistake when he converted for the consolation goal.

Trinnies (white) beat Junction (yellow) 4-0 on Saturday

Matroosfontein ended the double header weekend with 6 points as they beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to enter the week top of the table in stream A.

Goal 50 managed to turn their fate around on Sunday when they beat Greenwood Athletic 3-2 making it 2 losses in a row for the Retreat side as they were beaten by Bayview FC with the same score line on Friday night.

In other matches, Silver Spurs were brought down to earth after their great start to the season when they drew both their matches the weekend with Bluegum and Jamestown respectively. Vasco Da Gama, 2nd placed in stream B, picked up 4 points the weekend as they beat Jamestown 2-1 on Saturday and were gifted the points on Sunday after their opponents, Cape Umoya, failed to pitch for their game.

Coach Zaheer Simons from Trinitarians will be relieved and happy after his side earned all points up for grabs after their opening loss. Trinitarians trounced Junction Rovers 4-0 on Saturday and beat Hanover Park 1-0 on Sunday at home in Uitsig.

Other results: Sunday – Bayview 0-4 Woodlands, Crystal Palace 1–3 Matroosfontein, Junction Rovers 1- 1 Bluegum

Saturday – Cape Town United 0-0 Woodlands, Crystal Palace 1-2 Ocean view, Cape Umoya 2-0
Cape Town City

Bluegum victorious at Home

On Saturday 17th Bluegum United hosted newly promoted side Trinitarians in the SAFA Regional Mens League at Bonteheuwel Sports Ground.

The scorching hot weather didn’t deter the 2 sides from playing at a high intensity and the home side quickly made their intentions felt in the 4th minute when Matthew Pelton delivered his corner and Yaseen Koopman had his header defended, much to relief of the visitor’s technical staff.

Trinitarians were facing a relentless period of attack by Bluegum and the fierce tackles exchanged between both sides forced the first substitution of the match for the visitors when, Lyle Johnson replaced Jeffrey Ruiters within 20 mins of the start. Bluegum had the ascendency in the first 20 mins of the match, looking sharper, quicker to the ball and more decisive in attack.

With the restart after the water break, the momentum shifted to the visitors as the forced change for Trinitarians also resulted in a positional change which saw experienced campaigner, Rubin Jacobs, shifted in the heart of the midfield. The result of this move had Trinnies more in possession and on attack for the rest of the first half. Although they struggled with the pitch, they held firm with moving the ball through the zones and creating chances like, when Ryan Paulse missed his opportunity to score as he headed the ball past the upright at the end of the half.

The second half started just as intense as the first when Bluegum substitute Chadwin Erickson received the ball from broken play in the Trinnies half, took the shot but it was saved and the visitors immediately countered but also missed their opportunity with the shot going wide.

The first goal of the match was scored by Bluegum’s Ishrafiel Lottery after the away side’s defence failed to deal with a free kick in the box. The home side doubled their lead when Asheeq Valentine found Matthew Pelton in the area and Pelton scored.
Trinitarians scored their 1st goal from a corner when Jason Warner took advantage of a sleepy Bluegum defence. The home side quickly struck back when Muazzam Esau delivered a good pass to Pelton on the edge of the opponents’ box, Pelton miskicked and William Rhode latched onto the loose ball and scored.

Trinnies, determined to get something from the match scored another just before time when substitute Charles Japhta scored his team’s second after goalkeeper Maselino Keet (Bluegum) saved an attempt by Jason Warner. Bluegum secured their first win of the season with this 3-2 win over Trinitarians.

In other matches played in Stream B, Silver Spurs secured their 2nd win of the season against Vasco when they won 3-1 on Friday night. Hanover Park were held to a 2-2 draw with Cape Umoya while Jamestown earned their first point of the season in a draw against Cape Town City.

In Stream A Crystal Palace has 2 wins from 2 matches as they beat Cape Town United in Langa on Saturday, goals scored by former Greenwood player, Tevin Horne and Griffin Carolus scored the 2nd, while Greenwood earned Cape District bragging rights as they beat Ocean View 4-1 in Ocean View. Matroosfontein and Bayview shared the spoils on Friday night with a 1-1 draw and Woodlands overcame their defeat from the previous week and beat Goal 50 Unite 5-3.

This week the teams look forward to double headers in both streams.

League update at lockdown

As our country experiences our first lockdown we take the time to have a look at what stage in the season the SAFA 3rd division was suspended and its impact.

After round 17 Hanover Park are at the summit due to a better goal difference than Greenwood Athletic and newcomers Crystal Palace as all three teams have 31 points. Hot on their heels is Cape Town City with 30 points who also have the best goal difference in the league due to their high goal-scoring rate of 45 goals in 17 matches.

Other newcomers Woodlands, who have been doing well to keep in the top 5 are only 2 points (29) adrift from the top 3 while former log leaders Silver Spurs are in 6th spot with 28 points.

Between 8th and 1st place sees only a 5 point difference which offered an exciting scenario before the suspension of the league.

Matroosfontein who was at the same time last season in the top 3, are now facing relegation as they are rooted at the bottom with only 8 points and recording 2 wins this season. Cape Town United and Goal 50 are part of the threatened relegation mix and are in danger of the drop if they fail to record some positive results once the league resumes or IF it resumes.

Teams having a better record this season compared to last year are Bluegum United, Rebels, Bellstar and Cape Town City, with the latter in the top 5.

With the lockdown imposed having 21 days without any activity all clubs are in an unfamiliar and scary position with a vast number of challenges facing clubs.

Player fitness and readiness is probably the most concerning for technical staff as players might be keeping physically fit at home, but will need time to adapt to match fitness post the lockdown.

The ability to adapt to the time off will determine which teams will benefit the most if a return does happen. If the league does resume then the break may offer clubs like Matroosfontein, Cape Town United and Goal 50 an opportunity to recover as the lockdown might serve as a leveler as it is possible that other teams will struggle to continue the form they had before the break.

Another talking point is that the uncertainty of the restart to the league may cause some teams to lose key players. Although the 3rd Division is an amateur league, some teams do remunerate players and the fact that there are no matches taking place, may cause players not to be paid.

The reality of the matter is that the 21-day break may change the whole complexity of the current log positions especially considering the points difference between 15th place and 1st place is only 16 points at the moment compared to last season where it was 24 points at the same stage.

SAFA will assess the situation after the lockdown and decide the way forward and hopefully, by then we would’ve flattened the curve and have a chance of returning to the sports field but also bearing in mind that there is also the real possibility that leagues may not resume.

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Summer Round Up – Part 1

With both the SAFA 3rd division and 2nd division all done and dusted we take a look at what was what in the 2 local Cape Town respective leagues.

The 3rd division was probably the toughest it’s been for a long time with no specific team dominating the league. Young Pirates clinched the title with only 58 points which is a low tally compared to previous seasons where the same point total would get a team a 2nd place on the log.

A few teams were in and out of the top 5 but it was clear that Pirates and Matroosfontein were the pacesetters with Greenwood keeping in touch. Both Pirates and Matroos were newcomers to the league this season after winning promotion from the playoffs and together with Nova Nacional were part of a group of new teams who made their presence felt in their first season.

The participation of Cape Town City this season was a cause of curiosity as many were wondering about the team make up and asking if the PSL club would make an impact on the local 3rd division. A development tool for City, the team showed promise and excitement in the friendly matches preceding the season but unfortunately, the lack of experience seemed to be their Achilles heel.

This year proved to some that this league is not easily won and it takes more than just pitching up on a match day and expecting to win as teams with fewer resources can make an impact.

A total of 771 goals were scored in 480 matches for the season and many teams displayed some entertaining football. We also had a few comebacks like Kuilsriver who clawed their way up from the drop zone only to be relegated after DC ruling had 12 points deducted from them. Other teams like Goal 50, Cape Town City, Rebels, and Bluegum United managed to survive and were often in the relegation cauldron.

With Ubuntu FC being relegated from the NFD, the possible ripple effect for the 3rd division meant that more than the usual 2 teams could be relegated but fortunately both Steenberg United and Young Pirates won their respective playoffs, meaning that only 2 teams were dropped from the league.
Those 2 teams were Bayview FC, who are the current Coke Cup champs and Kuilsriver.

Final day – SAB League

This weekend sees the conclusion of the SAFA 3rd Division (SAB LEAGUE).
The past 2 weeks we’ve witnessed a turnaround and shift in log positions due to DC rulings which had not only points deducted but also added to affected clubs.

This has caused Young Pirates, who were leading the log, to drop to second as Matroosfontein benefited with the addition of points and now head the log with 1 game to go.

Effectively 3 clubs are in the running for the league on the final day. Matroosfontein lay in 1st place with 57 points while both Young Pirates and Hanover Park are 2 points adrift.

Hanover Park is probably the outside bet as they need to win their match against Greenwood and also depend on the top 2 to lose their matches. There are various scenarios which could result in any of the top 3 taking the title however, Matroosfontein holds their own destiny in their hands and if they win their final match against Cape Town City, they win the league.

The bottom half has just much tension as clubs play for their survival and with the drop of Ubuntu to the ABC Motsepe League having an effect on the lower leagues, it will be more than the standard 2 teams who will be relegated.

The number of teams who will be relegated will be confirmed after the 2nd division for NFD playoff and the 3rd division for ABC Motsepe playoff. If Steenberg United and the SAB League winner both get through the playoffs, fewer teams will be dropped from the SAB League.

Kuilsriver AFC who were the worst affected by the DC Rulings are bottom of the log and they will be relegated after Saturday’s match. The bottom sides all have tough encounters on Saturday and a few unexpected results are on the cards as clubs fight till the last day to secure their status.

What an exciting end to a crazy season where the log table was close through the year. Last season FN Rangers won the league with 70 points and the last team in that season finished with 18 points, compared to this season where the 60 point mark can win the league and the last team can end with 31 points. Proof of how tight it was this year.