DOUBLE-HEADERS FOR MIDLANDS FUTSAL SIDES
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.