KwaZulu Natal ABC Motsepe League champions Umvoti FC, will travel to Mpumalanga province this week in preparations for the national playoffs that will kick off on 28 June.
Umvoti were the first side to be confirmed as provincial champions for this season, as KZN finished their league first.
Umvoti FC coach Doctor Mkhonza revealed to FARPost that his team has had to deal with a lack of competitive football for more than a month and have been playing friendly matches to keep fit.
“We are ready, we have been training and it’s been a while, we’ve also had few friendly matches from SAB Regional League teams,” he said.
“We’ll take an early camp, just to acclimatize to the conditions of Mpumalanga, we are leaving on 17 June (Thursday),” said Mkhonza.
The coach lamented the delays from other leagues, which forced them to wait a while before they can start the national playoffs.
“The delay for the national playoffs has affected us, since we finished our season a month ago.
“The issue of cases and delayed leagues from other provinces has been a challenge on our side, since we finished our league early. We’ve struggled a bit with competitive football and we resorted to getting friendly matches from lower league teams, to keep fit.
“I believe my players are capable of delivering what is needed by the people of KwaZulu Natal, which is promotion to the NFD.
“They have done so well for the team this season and they are up to the challenge so we are going to fight there in Mpumalanga, we want to get promotion,” added Mkhonza.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter