Current ABC Motsepe League national Champion coach Tshepo Motsoeneng started the national promotion playoffs on a backfoot after his side BCM Stars lost 1-0 against Platinum City Rovers in a group C match at Kanyamazane Stadium, Mbombela on Monday.
Motsoaneng, who was in charge when Eastern Cape side Bizana Pondo Chiefs gained promotion last season, has brought a team to the national playoffs for a fourth consecutive time.
Other results on Monday, Mangaung Unite from Free State beat Umvoti from KZN 2-1 in a group A match while Hungry Lions from Northern Cape were defeated 2-1 by hosts FC Sivutsa in Group B.
FC Sivutsa v Leruma United (Group B)
Umvoti v Glendene (Group A)
BCM Stars v The Dolphins (Group C)
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By Ofhani Munyai