Vaal Professionals and African All Stars will lock horns in the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League playoffs after emerging victorious as log leaders in their respective streams.
“Setla etla o sotla” as they would chant their team have drawn 1-1 with Dube Continental and comfortably won stream B and qualified for the provincial playoffs with rivals African All Stars from stream A.
Vaal Pro had a successful season, started as a house on fire, never dropped the momentum, the ball was indeed in their court as they had convincing and some high-scoring wins against their opponents in the stream.
The side had tactical discipline in defence and conceded the least number of goals. Only two teams this season; Wits and Highlands Park respectively managed to score against them from open play and the other goals came from set-pieces.
Professionals have outclassed every team in the Gauteng ABC Motsepe League with 31 points after 8 wins, 7 draws and just 1 loss that was in the hands of their chasing pack Highlands Park.
The arch-rivals NWU wished the side well in the playoffs, and admitted that for Vaal Pro to win the league they had to beat them and indeed it happened.
The captain of the side had reflections of the season where he is hopeful that the team will go all the way to win the National Playoffs and play in the GladAfrica Championship.
“Its been an amazing journey, mo re tswang teng (where we come from) the guys have worked hard and the spirits are high, really hoping to work together just to represent Vaal,” said the club’s skipper Zakhele Dlamini.
“It feels good, it really feels good as it was not an easy journey at all but we thank God for guiding us this far and we appreciate all the support from the Vaal nation” concluded the assistant team manager Innocent Mofokeng.
Meanwhile, African All Stars has also done well in their season fixtures where they won 7 of their 14 games which puts them on a 50% win ratio, having drawn six games and lost one in the process.
The Ekurhuleni-based side is known for their narrow wins with an average of one goal per game. They have also conceded the least number of goals like their counterparts Vaal Professionals.
Should the side win the National playoffs, they will join the likes of JDR Stars, Pretoria Callies and Jomo Cosmos to name a few in the GladAfrica Championship making Gauteng the most dominating province in the league with five teams.
The two sides will go head-to-head in the two-legged provincial playoffs to determine a team that will represent Gauteng at the national playoffs.
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By Sharon Mochadibane