After six weeks of competitive action in the ABC Motsepe League of the Northern Cape, three football teams remain unbeaten.
These are Mainstay United and Rasta Eagles in Stream A and Young Stars in Stream B. The undefeated clubs are intact for the 2016-’17 hotly contested championship of the province.
At the end of the term, the two teams finishing at the top in Stream A and B will later this year meet to determine the overall winner of the Northern Cape. The winner thereof will automatically go through to the national promotion championship which features the winners of the nine provinces.
The last team to succeed in gaining promotion via the national promotion play-offs was Louisvale Pirates from the tiny town of Louisvale near Upington.
The team was promoted to the national first division league in 2004. However, the club had a very brief spell in the 2004-’05 season, as it was relegated back to the second tier league and ultimately disbanded following their unsuccessful venture.
Currently, five rounds of league matches have been played thus far in the ABC Motsepe League stream of the Northern Cape and the clubs have collected significant points in line with their aspirations to challenge for the championship.
Mainstay is topping the log in Stream A with 11 points, Olympics is in second place with 10 points while Rasta is in third position with 7 points – 4 and 3 points behind the current log-leaders Mainstay.
Topping Stream B are Kuruma Kicks with 12 points followed by Young Stars and Colville United, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Stars current impressive form could see them topple current leaders Kicks.
The teams in both streams will continue their battle until mid-May this year.
The Northern Cape league has been divided into two streams due to vast and extensive travelling distances. Both the streams have eight clubs.
The governing federation, the South African Football Association (Safa), decided to divide the Northern Cape league stream into two, as the majority of the clubs campaigning in the league struggled to cope with the high costs of travelling over extensive distances to honour their fixtures.