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Summer Round up – Part 2

The 2nd division had its own drama this season from sprinklers disturbing matches to lights failing or being switched off. The Magic were favoured for taking the league this season but after suffering their first loss to Morning Stars in game 7, it took them 4 matches to get back to winning ways and by that time Steenberg had already caught up.

The top 5 ended with all the big guns in the league like Zizwe United, Glendene United, Ikapa Sporting and of course The Magic who ended 2nd. One of the highlights for The Magic was reaching the last 16 in the Nedbank Cup where they lost to Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 after taking the PSL team to extra time.

Glendene revived their season after the return of Coach Bradley August from HBUFC while Ikapa Sporting, led by Coach Nasief Morris and assisted by Coach Theo Hempe finished off better than the previous year, from 12th to 5th.
Zizwe could only manage 10 wins during the 2018/19 season but this year they only suffered 3 losses, a major improvement.

Both teams which were relegated this year were franchises bought at the start of the season. Ocean View purchased the D&G Orient franchise while Mbekweni Cosmos bought the Ace FC franchise. One would assume that their plans didn’t work out or maybe the league was underestimated. It is clear though that there is a major disparity between teams when it comes to financial resources as the community-based teams continue to utilize the youth at their disposal while the financially sound continue to recycle players.

Picture cred: Rashied Isaacs

With both Steenberg Utd and The Magic out of the league, there are many teams who can list themselves as favourites next season. The likes of Glendene, Ikapa Sporting, and Zizwe are regularly probing for the top spot and next year might be their season but they would have to be wary of the newcomers like Ubuntu and newly promoted Young Pirates, not forgetting others who will seize the opportunity to assert themselves for the playoff spot.

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.

ABC Back In Action

Picture by Rashied Isaacs

Teams in the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape are back in action this weekend following the Nedbank Cup knockout matches played over the past weekend.

Friday night has log leaders, The Magic, up against a young HBUFC at Old Mutual Sports field. Bradley August, HBUFC coach, will be very aware that his players have a tough assignment and they will more than likely apply themselves and deliver a hard working strategic performance as they usually do under his guidance. For Magic consistency will be the name of the game and a win ensures their hold on the top spot.

Ikapa Sporting travel to Gugulethu for a 7PM kick off on Friday night to square up against Steenberg United. The current champions are having their usual slow start to the season but will be favourites to end up winners in this one. Although Ikapa are performing well, with quality players, the challenge will be a huge one for the Mitchells Plain side.

Ajax Cape Town will host Glendene United as the away side look to maintain their position in the top five. Glendene will have to deal with The Young Ajax, who will make life extremely difficult with their pace and attacking play for the Cape District based club. The match kicks off at 7PM on Friday in Parow.

Nyanga stadium is the venue for the Zizwe vs Grassy Park match being played at 7:30PM. Grassy Park have really looked a different outfit compared to last season. A new coach and plenty of new faces on the pitch sees them struggling at the moment and an unusual log position must feel strange for the GP faithful. Zizwe have performed better in previous seasons while time is on both of these teams side as they look to obtain positive results. A draw is a possible outcome here.

Royal Blues travel from Beaufort on Saturday to meet Mbekweni Cosmos, Jomos Power make the trek from Atlantis to face a resurging Santos and Batalion welcome D&G Orient.

Although the D&G Orient name is on the fixture list, the team pitching up on Saturday will belong to the Ocean View Football Club.
D&G got involved in the ABC Motsepe League last season by way of taking over from Crystal Palace which is also based in Manenberg. After the legalities of having the name changed the team operated as D&G and was being run by them. The owner of the franchise has now sold to an Ocean View consortium and thus allowing them to take part in the league.

The Ocean View team will be coached by former pro Brent Carelse and more information on the team will follow next week.

Motsepe League on break

This weekend sees a break in the ABC Motsepe League in the Western Cape as the Nedbank knockout competition continues with quarterfinals being played in Gugulethu.

Only four matches have been played in the league so far so its way too early to make any real sort of prediction for the eventual winners this season. Sure, there are favourites and many will back their chosen team but we thought we’d make a comparison to last year’s log positions. Let’s take a look at the current top 5.

Starting with the top spot where The Magic have replicated their good start of last year. In week 4 last year The Magic were in top spot with 10 points whereas this year they’ve done a bit better with 12 points from 4 games. This season the squad has been boosted with signings that ooze quality and experience with the likes of Howard Davids, Nazier Jacobs , Gregory Roelf and Shaheed Abrahams to name a few.

Boebie Solomons gets a fresh start to the season with his Santos team after joining them during the season last year. Having the pre season with the squad has already reaped its benefits as this time last year Santos was in 9th spot whereas this season sees them in 2 spot with the same amount of games played. The Santos faithful will be hoping their team can revive into the giant they once were before.

Glendene are always in the top 5 mix especially in the start of their campaign. In 3rd spot they’ve managed 2 wins and same amount of draws but need to up the goal scoring rate if they want to contest for the title. The team has managed a better start this year and will look to improve their results to stay in contention.

Current champions, Steenberg United are fourth on the table and also better off than last season. At the same time last year Steenberg were in eighth place with three draws and one win whereas this time they are four places higher with two draws and two wins. We all know Steenberg to be a team which pushes till the end and you can count on them to fight tooth and nail to defend their title.

Second year for Royal Blues in the league and the team from Beaufort west are holding 5th spot with a slightly better goal difference than sixth placed HBUFC. Last season the Blues were in seventh place after four matches and ironically have the same amount of points this season but are placed two places higher. Their goal difference is where it counts as this season they’ve scored more and conceded less.

Another factor to remember is that last year saw many games drawn that should have been won by some teams. Also no team was really consistent besides the eventual league winners and that is key to this season. Whoever can maintain a positive stream of results will more than likely be sitting at the top come end of season.