City victorious

2018-06-27 06:01
Martin Sethuntsa, coach of the Bochabela Warriors, monitoring the players during a pre-match session earlier this year. Photo: Teboho Setena

Martin Sethuntsa, coach of the Bochabela Warriors, monitoring the players during a pre-match session earlier this year. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Thaba Nchu-based amateur football side City Sharks will compete in the third-tier division of the SAB League following their victory at the promotion play-offs staged on Saturday (23/06).

This achievement saw the team making up for last year’s failure to gain promotion after being eliminated in the final. The play-offs took place at the Mmabana Stadium in Thaba Nchu.

The promotion play-offs featured four clubs which won their town stream of the Interstate Bus Lines (IBL) Safa Promotion League. The IBL Safa Promotion League is the starting point for all football teams leading to professional ranks.

Warriors and City rose to the occasion to secure the two available spots in the SAB League. They attained this after finishing in first and second position, respectively.

The other two contestants, Moroja­neng United from Dewetsdorp and Lynx FC from Botshabelo, fall by the wayside. United failed for the second time to qualify to compete in the third-tier division.

The team from Dewetsdorp also lost in the final last year. However, United won the face-saving third prize of bronze medals at the play-offs.

Warriors finished in second position overall, as City notched the first place, taking home a whopping R5 000 in prize money, gold medals, plus a trophy. Warriors received a runner-up prize of R2 500, plus silver medals.

Warriors beat United 1 – 0 while City outclassed Lynx 3 – 2 in the final match.

This year’s promotion play-offs saw four instead of six clubs compete for two available spots in the SAB League. This was after the two towns Soutpan and Wepener did not produce teams after their league had collapsed midway.

Warriors is managed by Martin Sethuntsa, former Free State Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic and Bloemfontein Young Tigers player. The retired player formed the team at the start of the 2016-’17 term and he led it to success in the first promotion play-offs.

“I’m very happy having attained this goal. It has been going according to plan from the start, forming the club with young boys playing dusty grounds. We now looking forward to the new challenge to compete in a competitive rank,” said Sethuntsa.

Both City and Warriors will be among the 16 teams in the SAB League, which is the third highest in the country after the ABC Motsepe League.

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