Clubs travel far

2016-03-16 06:00

THE South African Football Association (Safa) Northern Cape has split the ABC Motsepe League into an A and B stream.

Despite this, there are still teams that have to travel long distances to honour their fixtures.

The Olympics FC, playing under the ABC Motsepe League Stream A and based in Okiep outside Springbok in the Namaqua region, is one team that is always on the road.

To reach their destination on time, they must leave on Friday evenings or in the early hours of a Sa-turday morning. The longest distance they have travelled so far is 680 km (a single trip) from Okiep to Postmasburg to face either the Hungry Lions or the Rasta Fa Eagles.

The distance is as far as driving from Kimberley to Bela-Bela in Limpopo.

The Olympics coach, Clive de Jongh, who has been with the team since the old Vodacom League, is faced with all these challenges.

“We are driven by passion, so we are not willing to give up this team.

“We asked our region for a Safa mini- bus, as was provided to the regions during the World Cup, but we are still waiting for a response.

“To make matters worse, we don’t get help from the municipality or local business people.

“It is only me and my brother who are running this team,” De Jongh says.

Stream B, just like Stream A, consists of eight teams and the Kuruman Kicks from the John Taolo Gae­tsewe region find themselves in the si-tuation where they had to travel to Kimberley six times and to Warrenton once.

The Diamond City has the most teams in the league and Coach William Dingakeng says this sometimes works to their advantage.

With teams like United Rovers from the Pixley ka Seme District making their intentions clear, teams such as Olympics must be worried should clubs from that region be promoted, because then it means more teams will have to spend more on transport.

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