Team of Dla2 lifts winning trophy

2016-05-18 06:00
WINNERS: Dla2 FC players and the management of the team celebrate their winning of the South African Football Association (Safa) South African Breweries (SAB) League trophy after winning the provincial play-offs in Phuthaditjhaba. Photo: Tladi Moloi

WINNERS: Dla2 FC players and the management of the team celebrate their winning of the South African Football Association (Safa) South African Breweries (SAB) League trophy after winning the provincial play-offs in Phuthaditjhaba. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Dla2 FC and Lijabatho FC have been promoted to the South African Football Association’s (Safa) second tier, the ABC Motsepe League.

The graduation came after both teams finished top of the table during the three-day Safa South African Breweries (SAB) provincial play-offs which were held in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa.

Both teams finished on seven points after four games, but Dla2 sealed the provincial championship glory with a better goal difference

Dla2 represented the Thabo Mofutsanyana region while Lijabatho were from the Fezile Dabi district. Dla2 won a trophy and gold medals while Lijabatho received silver medals as the runners-up.

Vusimuzi “Zoa” Motloung said he was happy that they had managed to gain promotion in their own back yard.

“I knew that the boys were hungry for promotion and they have shown it on the field of play. We started on a low pace losing our first game but we managed to regroup,” he said.

Zoa said he would like to thank all people who had supported them throughout the season. “I also want to thank the management of the team. I am happy that we have repaid them with a league trophy and the ABC Motsepe status. They deserve it,” he said.

Thabo Dladla, the chairperson of the team, said he would love to see the team playing in the National First Division (NFD) in the next two to three seasons.

“We played in the SAB League for four seasons. It was our time to graduate. The boys have fought hard and they deserve the championship trophy,” he said.

Papi Nguce, the owner of the team, said credit should be given to the boys who had worked hard on the field of play.

“I am proud of the boys. I am just a leader and they are the ones who made sure that we got promoted,” he said.

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