Cape Town to host first division playoffs

2019-05-30 06:00

This year’s edition of the ABC Motsepe national playoffs will be hosted in Cape Town, and Steenberg United will be hoping to make home advantage count as they look to replace Ubuntu Cape Town in the National First Division (NFD), after the latter was relegated to the Western Cape stream of the ABC Motsepe League.

The group stage matches will be played at Erica Park in Belhar, with the final scheduled for the Athlone Stadium on Sunday 9 June.

Steenberg United managed to retain the Western Cape ABC Motsepe League title with a stunning 6-0 thrashing of the relegated D&G Orient on the final day of the season.

During last year’s play-offs in Polokwane, Steenberg United was drawn in group B alongside Mangaung United and Umvoti United. They won their opening game against Mangaung before falling to a 1-0 defeat against Umvoti in their second and final game of the tournament, as they finished last on their group.

After failing to qualify from their group last year, Steenberg returned to the Western Cape stream of the Motsepe league hoping to retain their league title which would automatically grant them a second chance on the playoffs.

Coach Mike Lukhubene and his charges managed to retain the league title following a long and hard-fought season which saw them collect 69 points in their 30 league games.

Going into the match with a two-point lead over The Magic, Steenberg knew they needed to win the game ensure that they retain the title.

Goals from Valentino Fredericks, Robin Rhode, Athini Jodwana, Lyle Peters and a double from Colin Ryan sealed the three points for Lukhebene’s side and subsequently cleared a passage to the play-offs.

Nine provincial winners will battle it out for the right to be called the champ of champs and the finalist will gain automatic promotion to the NFD.

Five of the nine teams that will be in tournament have been decided, namely: Acornbush United (Mpumalanga), Summerfield Dynamos (KwaZulu-Natal), Steenberg United (Western Cape), and Hungry Lions (Northern Cape).

The winners for the remaining four provinces – Eastern Province, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West – are still to be decided, but the matters will be finalised before kick-off of the playoffs.

The top three will qualify for the semi-finals and be joined by the best second-placed team from the group phase.

Last year’s tournament was won by Maccabi, with TS Sporting finishing second, both are still in the NFD.

This year’s edition of the ABC Motsepe national playoffs will be hosted in Cape Town, and Steenberg United will be hoping to make home advantage count as they look to replace Ubuntu Cape Town in the National First Division (NFD), after the latter was relegated to the Western Cape stream of the ABC Motsepe League.

The group stage matches will be played at Erica Park in Belhar, with the final scheduled for the Athlone Stadium on Sunday 9 June.

Steenberg United managed to retain the Western Cape ABC Motsepe League title with a stunning 6-0 thrashing of the relegated D&G Orient on the final day of the season.

During last year’s play-offs in Polokwane, Steenberg United was drawn in group B alongside Mangaung United and Umvoti United. They won their opening game against Mangaung before falling to a 1-0 defeat against Umvoti in their second and final game of the tournament, as they finished last on their group.

After failing to qualify from their group last year, Steenberg returned to the Western Cape stream of the Motsepe league hoping to retain their league title which would automatically grant them a second chance on the playoffs.

Coach Mike Lukhubene and his charges managed to retain the league title following a long and hard-fought season which saw them collect 69 points in their 30 league games.

Going into the match with a two-point lead over The Magic, Steenberg knew they needed to win the game ensure that they retain the title.

It was never easy for them to defend the title and praised his backroom staff and the players for their commitment. “I have huge respect of the Western Cape Motsepe League respect my technical team, they have done a fantastic job, well done to them. I take my hat off to my players as well for commitment throughout the season,” said Lukhubene.

Nine provincial winners will battle it out for the right to be called the champ of champs and the finalist will gain automatic promotion to the NFD.

The ABC Motsepe league has produced giant-killing clubs like Highlands Park, Baroka FC and Chippa United, who are all holding their own in the Premier Soccer League.

“The Motsepe injection has brought a huge competitive edge within the NFD League and the impact has been very phenomenal. There has been a new lease of life in the organised league and we would sincerely like to thank Patrice Motsepe and the Motsepe Foundation, without whom perhaps we would not be having this league – this is a very huge contribution by the Motsepe family and they need to be applauded for being part of football development in our country,’’ said SAFA president Danny Jordaan.

This year’s edition of the ABC Motsepe national playoffs will be hosted in Cape Town, and Steenberg United will be hoping to make home advantage count as they look to replace Ubuntu Cape Town in the National First Division (NFD), after the latter was relegated to the Western Cape stream of the ABC Motsepe League.

The group stage matches will be played at Erica Park in Belhar, with the final scheduled for the Athlone Stadium on Sunday 9 June.

Steenberg United managed to retain the Western Cape ABC Motsepe League title with a stunning 6-0 thrashing of the relegated D&G Orient on the final day of the season.

During last year’s play-offs in Polokwane, Steenberg United was drawn in group B alongside Mangaung United and Umvoti United. They won their opening game against Mangaung before falling to a 1-0 defeat against Umvoti in their second and final game of the tournament, as they finished last on their group.

After failing to qualify from their group last year, Steenberg returned to the Western Cape stream of the Motsepe league hoping to retain their league title which would automatically grant them a second chance on the playoffs.

Coach Mike Lukhubene and his charges managed to retain the league title following a long and hard-fought season which saw them collect 69 points in their 30 league games.

Going into the match with a two-point lead over The Magic, Steenberg knew they needed to win the game ensure that they retain the title.

It was never easy for them to defend the title and praised his backroom staff and the players for their commitment. “I have huge respect of the Western Cape Motsepe League respect my technical team, they have done a fantastic job, well done to them. I take my hat off to my players as well for commitment throughout the season,” said Lukhubene.

Nine provincial winners will battle it out for the right to be called the champ of champs and the finalist will gain automatic promotion to the NFD.

The ABC Motsepe league has produced giant-killing clubs like Highlands Park, Baroka FC and Chippa United, who are all holding their own in the Premier Soccer League.

“The Motsepe injection has brought a huge competitive edge within the NFD League and the impact has been very phenomenal. There has been a new lease of life in the organised league and we would sincerely like to thank Patrice Motsepe and the Motsepe Foundation, without whom perhaps we would not be having this league – this is a very huge contribution by the Motsepe family and they need to be applauded for being part of football development in our country,’’ said SAFA president Danny Jordaan.

Five of the nine teams that will be in tournament have been decided, namely: Acornbush United (Mpumalanga), Summerfield Dynamos (KwaZulu-Natal), Steenberg United (Western Cape), and Hungry Lions (Northern Cape).The winners for the remaining four provinces – Eastern Province, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West – are still to be decided, but the matters will be finalised before kick-off of the playoffs.The top three will qualify for the semi-finals and be joined by the best second-placed team from the group phase. Last year’s tournament was won by Maccabi, with TS Sporting finishing second, both are still in the NFD.

This year’s edition of the ABC Motsepe national playoffs will be hosted in Cape Town, and Steenberg United will be hoping to make home advantage count as they look to replace Ubuntu Cape Town in the National First Division (NFD), after the latter was relegated to the Western Cape stream of the ABC Motsepe League.

The group stage matches will be played at Erica Park in Belhar, with the final scheduled for the Athlone Stadium on Sunday 9 June.

Steenberg United managed to retain the Western Cape ABC Motsepe League title with a stunning 6-0 thrashing of the relegated D&G Orient on the final day of the season.

During last year’s play-offs in Polokwane, Steenberg United was drawn in group B alongside Mangaung United and Umvoti United. They won their opening game against Mangaung before falling to a 1-0 defeat against Umvoti in their second and final game of the tournament, as they finished last on their group.

After failing to qualify from their group last year, Steenberg returned to the Western Cape stream of the Motsepe league hoping to retain their league title which would automatically grant them a second chance on the playoffs.

Coach Mike Lukhubene and his charges managed to retain the league title following a long and hard-fought season which saw them collect 69 points in their 30 league games.

Going into the match with a two-point lead over The Magic, Steenberg knew they needed to win the game ensure that they retain the title.

It was never easy for them to defend the title and praised his backroom staff and the players for their commitment. “I have huge respect of the Western Cape Motsepe League respect my technical team, they have done a fantastic job, well done to them. I take my hat off to my players as well for commitment throughout the season,” said Lukhubene.

Nine provincial winners will battle it out for the right to be called the champ of champs and the finalist will gain automatic promotion to the NFD.

The ABC Motsepe league has produced giant-killing clubs like Highlands Park, Baroka FC and Chippa United, who are all holding their own in the Premier Soccer League.

“The Motsepe injection has brought a huge competitive edge within the NFD League and the impact has been very phenomenal. There has been a new lease of life in the organised league and we would sincerely like to thank Patrice Motsepe and the Motsepe Foundation, without whom perhaps we would not be having this league – this is a very huge contribution by the Motsepe family and they need to be applauded for being part of football development in our country,’’ said SAFA president Danny Jordaan.

Five of the nine teams that will be in tournament have been decided, namely: Acornbush United (Mpumalanga), Summerfield Dynamos (KwaZulu-Natal), Steenberg United (Western Cape), and Hungry Lions (Northern Cape).The winners for the remaining four provinces – Eastern Province, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West – are still to be decided, but the matters will be finalised before kick-off of the playoffs.The top three will qualify for the semi-finals and be joined by the best second-placed team from the group phase. Last year’s tournament was won by Maccabi, with TS Sporting finishing second, both are still in the NFD.

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