KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela has congratulated football teams from the Province for their achievements in the 2020/21 DSTV Premiership and GladAfrica Championship season.
“The 2020/21 season has been a difficult one for everyone in sport due to Covid-19. However, our spirits have been lifted by the exciting performances by our professional teams both in the Premiership and First Division,” said Mavimbela.
“Firstly, I wish to congratulate AmaZulu FC for finishing in second place on the log table, thus qualifying for CAF Competition.”
“Lamontville Golden Arrows have also done us proud by finishing 4th in the Premiership log. Abafana Bes’thende pushed the top teams until the end with their exciting brand of football and continuing with their tradition of giving homegrown talent opportunities to shine at the top level.”
“We are grateful that Maritzburg United survived the dreaded relegation and participation in promotional playoffs, finishing in 13th position after what has been a tough year.”
“We look forward to the finalization of the legal matter in respect of the promotional battle into the PSL, and are hopeful that representation of KwaZulu-Natal teams in the top tier of football in the 2021/2022 season, will be increased,” she continued.
“We encourage Richards Bay FC not to give up hope and fight for promotion in the play-offs, despite the disappointment of surrendering the lead in the Championship after occupying top spot for the better part of the season.”
“In the ABC Motsepe League, I want to take this opportunity to wish Umvoti FC the best of luck when they once again participate in the national promotional playoffs later this month. Overall this has been a good year for football in the Province and we look forward to more successes in the coming season.
“The Department of Sport and Recreation will continue to work closely with our professional teams and assist them with pre-season preparations through the KZN Premier’s Cup.
“We want to encourage football lovers in the Province to throw their weights behind local teams,” read the statement.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter