DOU­BLE-HEADERS FOR MID­LANDS FUTSAL SIDES

The Witness - - SPORT - CARL PE­TERS

LO­CAL­ hope­fuls­ Young­ Natal­ians­ andMar­itzburg­ Hot­spurs­ will,­ un­usu­ally,take­ to­ the­ in­door­ soc­cer­ court­ ev­ery­week­ un­til­ the­ Na­tional­ Futsal­ League(NFL)­ fi­nals­ on­ May­ 12,­ with­ plenty­ of­points­ at­ stake.

The­ seven­ teams­ of­ the­ fledglingNFL­ don’t­ play­ matches­ on­ a­ weekly­ba­sis­ for­ var­i­ous­ rea­sons,­ but­ Gre­go­ryNair’s­ Natal­ians­ have­ to­ tackle­ six­ as­sign­mentsover­ these­ next­ four­ weeks,while­ Paul­ Chetty’s­ Spurs­ have­ ju­s­tone­ less­ fix­ture­ in­ their­ sched­ule.

As­ things­ stand­ in­ the­ league,which­ is­ run­ by­ the­ Mar­itzburg-basedSA­ In­door­ Foot­ball­ As­so­ci­a­tion,­ Natal­ianssit­ in­ third­ place­ and­ Hot­spur­sare­ fifth.

But­ be­cause­ they­ both­ have­ match­esin­ hand­ over­ the­ top­ two­ teams­ on­the­ log,­ eThek­wini­ City­ and­ Cape­ TownTi­tans,­ the­ two­ Mid­lands­ out­fits­ havea­ big­ op­por­tu­nity­ to­ im­prove­ their­ po­si­tions,and­ maybe­ even­ win­ the­league­ in­ the­ case­ of­ Natal­ians,­ be­fore­the­ cur­tain­ comes­ down­ on­ the­ 12match­cam­paign­ for­ 2017/18.

eThek­wini­ lead­ on­ 23­ points­ from10­ games,­ Ti­tans­ fol­low­ on­ 16­ points­from­ nine­ out­ings­ and­ then­ come­ Natal­ian­son­ 13­ points­ from­ six­ as­sign­ments.

Hot­spurs,­ who­ have­ Cur­tis­ dos­ San­tosa­mong­ the­ top­ scor­ers,­ are­ twopo­si­tions­ lower­ than­ their­ city­ ri­val­swith­ 12­ points­ from­ seven­ fix­tures.­ Atop-three­ fin­ish­ is­ their­ re­al­is­tic­ tar­get.

This­ week,­ both­ Mar­itzburg­ sideshead­ to­ Cape­ Town­ for­ dou­ble-head­er­clashes­ with­ Western­ Province­ Ea­gle­sand­ Ti­tans,­ while­ eThek­wini­ faceTsh­wane­ City­ in­ Ton­gaat­ with­ achance­ to­ ce­ment­ top­ place­ in­ the­s­tand­ings­ in­ their­ bid­ to­ re­tain­ thecham­pi­onship.

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