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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.

Bellstar fail to repeat positive result

On Saturday we popped in at Symphony way Sports field to catch some action between Bellstar United and Nova Nacional.

Bellstar recorded a great win in their previous match against log leaders Matroosfontein and probably felt very positive going into this encounter.

It was Nova though that had a near perfect start when Joshua Roman scored in the 4th minute off a set piece where the goalkeeper of Bellstar, Marlon Van Wyk, failed to collect the ball after miscommunication with his defenders. Roman took full advantage of the mishap and scored the opener.

With the home side trailing 1-0, they managed to settle back into the game and by the 20th minute the match was a bit more balanced. Bellstar also started asserting themselves with quick passing and great combinations with midfielder Ismail Lot doing a good job in linking with the attacking players.

Bellstar keeper Marlon Van Wyk taps the ball over the crossbar

Nova Nacional were forced to defend and attempt to capitalize on the counter as Bellstar created numerous opportunities but were unable to find the final pass and convert their chances.

The second half saw Nova with an improving performance as they worked on keeping Bellstar on the back foot. The introduction of Ramario Van De Meulen for the home side posed a headache for the Nacional defence especially for right back Keanan Green.

Van De Meulen displayed his pace off the ball as he managed to get behind the Nova defensive line on more than one occasion.

The home side were dealt a blow in the 35th minute of the second half when they had a defender red carded for committing a professional foul on Nova’s Adeeb Khan. With just the goalkeeper to beat, Khan was brought down just outside the box.

Angelo Barrote of Nova and Ismail Lot from Bellstar battle for possession

Bellstar still created some opportunities but were unable to find the equaliser and record their 6th loss of the season. Nova Nacional on the other hand continue their winning ways after beating Bayview FC the previous week and move to 7th spot on the log.

Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup – Joe Pillay

It was joy all round at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Stadium, Pretoria-West campus on Wednesday for John Ramsay High School (Western Cape) and Sibanesihle (KZN) as they became the first two teams to book their place in the semi-finals of the 2018 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup national finals tournament.

Sibanesihle and John Ramsay are now guaranteed nothing less than R400,000 (which is the tournament’s fourth-place finish prize money), however, their eyes will be fixed on the ultimate cheque of R1 Million for the winners. Second and third place finishers will bank R600,000 and R500,000 respectively.

John Ramsay, who had a clean sweep in Group D, had previously made three provincial participations in the competition – while it’s their first in the national finals – hence coach Virgille Manuel says getting this far will make a huge difference for the school.

“This money will improve the facilities of the school,” Manuel said. “Before this tournament, we didn’t even have a kit but now we’ve got two. We are hoping to win and improve the infrastructure such as getting a pitch to practice, transport and new classrooms.”

Meanwhile, Sibanesihle who finished second in the provincial final to Ohlange, ensured that they booked their spot in the semi-finals with 7 points in group C, as they recorded one draw and two wins.

Coach Nkululeko Mbanjwa says he owes his team’s fortunes to the players’ dedication.

“We are happy to have qualified for the semis in our first attempt and we are looking forward to getting as far as we can,” Mbanjwa said.

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.