SAFA confident play-offs won’t be disrupted

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) insist that the ABC Motsepe League promotion play-offs will go ahead as scheduled without any disruptions.

The play-offs will run from 9-14 November 2020 at the Vaal University of Technology in Gauteng.

But unlike other seasons, SAFA NEC declared as final and according to the existing log standings in all 9 provincial leagues, with some fixtures outstanding.

Although some clubs have made it known that they intend to challenge the NEC’s decision, SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe says the association played by the book when making the final decision.

“Of course every decision will not be supported 100%,” said Motlanthe.

“More especially in a competition and that we have acknowledged. But we had to think about many things, the lives of players. The association had two choices, either to nullify the season and not promote anyone.

“But as a carrying association we had to think that, two clubs which will be promoted to the national set ups will change lives, not only lives of players but their families. Because most of these players when they become professional they start to be well paid and look after their families.

“There is a written history and written record of that, so of course there are two or three (clubs) that are unhappy but we have done what we have done in terms of our uniform rules. We have done that in terms of our constitution, the executive has looked at that, so we as the administration when we implement that decision we have made sure that we are checking all the processes,” he said.

“Whoever comes with a challenge we will defend that challenge, so yes the games will begin on the 9th,” added Motlanthe.

On the opening day, Pretoria Callies will take on Zizwe United FC on 9 November and this encounter will be followed by that of Mangaung Unite against Bizana Pondo Chiefs while Umvoti FC’s match with Hungry Lions will round off the day’s proceedings.

The following day, Bizana Pondo Chiefs will clash against Mikhado FC with the match followed by that of Hungry Lions and FC Mpumalanga United while Zizwe United FC and Polokwane City Rovers will bring the day’s proceedings to an end.

On 11 November, FC Mpumalanga United will tackle Umvoti, Polokwane City will meet Pretoria Callies while Mikhado FC will engage Mangaung Unite.

The semifinals will take place on 12 November with the final scheduled for 14 November at the Vaal University of Technology Stadium.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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