Stars take prize in action-packed play-offs

2016-06-22 06:00
MOSIMANEGAPE MATHE, vice-president of Safa Frances Baard.  Photo: Supplied

MOSIMANEGAPE MATHE, vice-president of Safa Frances Baard. Photo: Supplied

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SAFA FRANCES BAARD hosted the regional Local Football Association (LFA) promotional play-offs on Thursday (16/06) at the Ikhutseng Stadium, Warrenton, with four regional winners, namely Tswelopele (Sol Plaatje), The Students (Phokwane), Windsorton Young Stars (Dikgatlong) and Zoo Movement (Magareng), fighting for two spots in the Frances Baard SAB Regional League.

Warrenton residents braved the cold weather to support local football by heading to the stadium, which was filled to capacity by 11:30.

The first game saw hosts Zoo Movement take on The Students.

The Hartswater side took control of the game and scored two goals in the first half, which led to Zoo Movement erupting with guns blazing in the second stanza of the game, searching for their first goal.

The home side was finally rewarded when their strike force combined to score an impressive goal in the 60th minute.

Students made silly mistakes at the back and allowed the gifted Zoo Movement’s second goal to take the match to the penalty shoot-out.

Students went on to win the match by 5-3 on penalties.

The second game was between Tswelopele and Young Stars. Both teams started the game aggressively, going hard into tackles and creating good chances on both sides.

The impressive Tswelopele striker wearing number 11 was causing trouble for the Stars defence. The tricky player went on to score two goals just before half-time. The Windsorton side fought hard in the second half and staged a comeback to level matters with two goals.

Tswelopele introduced local boy Lebogang Mocumi, formerly with ABC Motsepe League side Magareng Young Stars, but the pint-sized player did little to change the course of the game, as the Young Stars defence was too deep, taking the game to a penalty shootout and winning by 4-2.

Young Stars met Students in the final and Stars won the final by 1-0.

Both Young Stars and Students will campaign in the SAB League next season.

  • Mosimanegape Mathe, vice-president of Safa Frances Baard, says Safa and local government are working hard to improve soccer facilities in the Northern Cape.

“Safa in the province have conducted an analysis of all facilities and are engaging provincial government in attempts to renovate existing facilities and also increasing quality ones.”

Safa is faced with the difficult task of improving the standard of football in the Northern Cape, something that will take a whole year. The lanky young administrator who goes by the nickname of Doctor, after Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo, says the Football Association in the Northern Cape has the strategy to revive football in the province.

“We have recently completed a strategic document that incorporates the national vision 2022 into Provincial Vision 2020, that will revive and accelerate football development in our province.

“The vision seeks to guide the province towards PSL status, promotion of clubs to the NFD and gradual movement of players from the LFA to the national set-up,” he added.

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