ABC Mot­sepe play- off poser

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

EIGHT prov­inces are wait­ing­waitin on Safa and Gaut­eng to de­cide just who will take up the re­main re­main­ing place in Group A of the ABCA Mot­sepe League play- offs.

The other teams have beenb con­firmed, but Gaut­eng is still with­out a rep­re­sen­ta­tive af­tera Vaal Pro­fes­sion­als lodged a com­plaintc plaint of bribery and cor­rup­tion­cor­rup against cham­pi­ons Mac­cabi,Macc with the mat­ter set to be rule­dru on to­mor­row. CEO Den­nisDen Mum­ble said Safa will pro­noun­cep nounce on the Gaut­engGaut case.

“We h have seen someso qual­ity team­stea go to the NFDN Some even dom­i­nateddo nated the NFD. M Most of them take just one sea­son and quickly get pro­mot­edp moted to the NFD,” Mum­bleMum said.

“The“The process of other team­ste is with the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.c mit­tee. We are work­ing w with the police to make sure thatth it does not hap­pen again. We haveh taken mea­sures to make sures cor­rup­tion does not de­stroy our foot­ball. We have to de­fend the in­tegrity of the com­pe­ti­tion.”com­pe­ti­tion

The other teams that make­mak up Group A are Su­per Ea­gles FC from Free State, Buya Msu Msuthu from North West, Dol­phin­sDolph from Lim­popo and Acorn­bushA­cornb United from Mpumalanga.

Group B is made up of tour­na­mentt na­ment hosts EC Bees, KZN’sKZ Uthon­gathi, Zizwe United of West­ern Cape and Mains Main­stay United from North­ern Cap Cape.

The teams will be hop­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of last year’s cham­pi­ons Ma­gesi FC, who went on to cam­paign in the re­cently con­cluded NDF sea­son.

The side from Mo­letjie found South Africa’s sec­ond-tier tough and were rel­e­gated to the ABC Mot­sepe League along with former PSL win­ners San­tos.

The win­ners of the two groups will be pro­moted to the NFD, with the side that wins the fi­nal tak­ing home an added in­cen­tive of R1m. An amount of R20 000 of the grand prize will be do­nated to a youth devel­op­ment pro­gramme, while R100 000 of the half a mil­lion won by the runners up will also go to a youth devel­op­ment pro­gramme.

The play- offs will take place from next week Mon­day un­til Sunday in East Lon­don.

Jan Smuts Sta­dium and Sisa Dukashe will host the group stage matches as well as the semi­fi­nals, with the grand fi­nale set to take place at Buf­falo City Sta­dium on June 11 with a 3pm kick- off.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IMAGES

BUSTER: Den­nis Mum­ble will pro­nounce on the Gaut­eng case where a team is ac­cused of cor­rup­tion.

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