ABC Mot­sepe League set to re­sume in Oc­to­ber

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - SIBULISO DUBAR

It has been al­most seven months since the last ABC Mot­sepe League and other ama­teur league games took place, due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic re­stric­tions.

The SA Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion Eastern Cape on Thurs­day con­firmed the pro­posed date for the re­sump­tion of the league.

Fix­tures will re­sume on Oc­to­ber 1 and na­tional play-offs are set to be played be­tween Oc­to­ber 15-20 in Gaut­eng.

Safa met re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tives to en­sure the mes­sage was com­mu­ni­cated down to lo­cal foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions to en­sure com­pli­ance.

The ama­teur leagues will also re­sume if they strictly fol­low the Covid-19 reg­u­la­tions as pre­scribed by the gov­ern­ment.

Eastern Cape Safa sec­re­tary Isaac Klaas ques­tioned the state of readi­ness of par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs in the province.

‘‘All the teams have to be ready, be­cause the league has to be played to the fin­ish in or­der for us to see who ad­vances to the na­tional play-offs,’’ he said.

Klaas also ques­tioned whether the play­ing for­mat of these up­com­ing fi­nal games would be sim­i­lar to those in the pre­mier divi­sion and na­tional first divi­sion, where all the teams were in­ducted into a biobub­ble un­til the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

‘‘So far the league will be played as per the pre­vi­ous setup, be­fore the league took a pause of seven months,’’ Klaas said.

With only nine games still to be played, Bizana Pondo Chiefs tops the over­all log stand­ings with 47 points, just ahead of sec­ond-placed ri­vals Spear of the Na­tion who are on 46 points.

The ABC Mot­sepe League fix­tures will re­sume on Oc­to­ber 1 and na­tional play-offs will be played be­tween Oc­to­ber 15-20 in Gaut­eng.

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