SAFA Limpopo ABC Motsepe League Club Mighty FC have released 23 players ahead of the 2023/24 season. The Limpopo season is expected to kick-start in the first week of October.

‘The Mafians’ finished third in their stream this past season. The club is also owned by well-known lawyer and administrator Mighty Tjale.

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“Mighty FC in its first step of putting things right has released 23 players with immediate effect to clear the path for the new coming recruits. The players released were given free clearances whilst some are still to collect. The 23 players are also released with free clearances,” the club said in a statement.

“The decision taken, is in line with the team’s preparation of challenging for the 2023/2024 SAFA Limpopo ABC Motsepe title. As such only committed players are needed.”

“As we intend to challenge for the 2023/2024 ABC Motsepe League title this coming season as management of the club we thought it is imperative to keep manageable, committed, disciplined players which we can effectively use and focus on serving the team to change their lives. Players who are not prioritising tournaments rather than official league fixtures,” said club CEO Marnold Mabotja.

“Players who shall rest and take care of their bodies in order to compete for official league fixtures. As a result there of we took decision as management of the team to release the players who are not in the plans of the team together with tournaments committed players.”

PLAYERS RELEASED BY MIGHTY FC

  1. Junior Menese
  2. Makoti Ramogobadi
  3. Ntisa Monde
  4. Mashiane Kgabo
  5. Mohlake Phuti
  6. Lekgoro Matadihlogo
  7. Mthobeni Ntsako
  8. Nda Christopher
  9. Mmonoa Maphuti
  10. Ntladi Kgaugelo
  11. NukeriHlaluko
  12. Lekgawu Promise
  13. Senoamadi Puseletso
  14. Kgaabi Theopholus
  15. Bosega Tshegofatso
  16. Isaacs Malcolm
  17. Mothoa Khomotso
  18. Mohube Shimane
  19. Makuto Pasalelo
  20. Letsoalo Podile
  21. Phiri Deon
  22. Seema Lori and also;
  23. Nono Rakgoale

“We mean business as Mighty FC this time around, and we want to do things in a different way”.

The club is also set to announce new developments in the next few days.

The ABC Motsepe League clubs in Limpopo are set to have an urgent meeting ahead of the new season. The meeting has been convened by the chairperson of the League board in the province Mighty Tjale.

In a circular sent out to all the team owners on Wednesday, the important meeting is set to be held at Meropa Conference Hall, Polokwane on Monday, 17 July.

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Although there is no agent on the communique, pre-season meetings are part of preparations ahead of a new season.

The board usually addresses issues of registration fees and outstanding payments by various teams. The issues of new jerseys for the season are also discussed. The meeting is also scheduled at 15:30 for 16:30  

ABC MOTSEPE LEAGUE URGENT MEETING

“Following our telephone conversation and our agreement. All the Owners/Chairperson of SAFA Limpopo ABC Motsepe League are invited to a very important meeting,” read the circular.

“This is a very important urgent meeting to deal with our league-related issues and also planning for the 2023/2024 Season. Don’t be late.”

Limpopo ABC Motsepe League clubs summoned to an urgent meeting
ABC Motsepe League Trophy

Mpheni Home Defenders were crowned Champions of Limpopo after beating the Dolphins in the provincial playoffs at Oscar Mpetha in Turfloop.

Mpheni won Stream A with 45 points after 16 games ahead of Giyani Happy Boys. Dolphins were winners of Stream B after collecting 34 points ahead of second-placed Ngwaabe City Motors. The two newcomers will be decided in the SAB League promotion playoffs set for Nkowankowa on the weekend of 24/25 July.

Meanwhile, the SAFA ABC Motsepe League teams across the country have not been recovering the annual R 30 000 grants for the past four seasons. This is despite all the teams being mandated to pay a registration fee of R 10 000 at the beginning of each season.

By Khotso Ramalatswa

Upington City from the Northern Cape has been crowned overall Champions of the 2022/23 SAFA ABC Motsepe League playoffs champions. They beat Orbit College from North West and subsequently gave some hope to the soccer loving fanatics in the Northern Cape Province.

The Province has in the past two years produced two professional soccer teams participating in the Motsepe Foundation League which is the second-largest soccer league in the country.

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The number one citizen in the province Dr Zamani Saul is a well known football lover, this victory will eventually sit well with him.

UPINGTON CITY OVERRAL NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

The newly crowned champions side showed character when they squared up in the promotional battles finals against Orbit, they now join Postmansburg-based outfit Hungry Lions who also did well in the debut season.

For their hard earned victory, they banked a whopping R1. 2 Million Rands, for winning the ABC Motsepe League national playoffs. City marksman Willie was also rewarded with R100 000 for being the top goal scorer of the tournament.

Upington City crowned ABC Motsepe League national playoffs Champions
Upington City celebrate

City’s well orchestrated journey took some shape when they defeated Mpheni Home Defenders 3-2 in the match which was decided by penalties.

Perhaps this could be the evolution of the football game in the Northern Cape. Eventually, the province will have football in the elite league. If it happens it will be new to the locals.

The province has produced stars like Jimmy Tau who plied his trade at Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. He went to captain both sides. Daniel Tlhageng who played for Golden Arrows, the Henyekane brothers who also played for Arrows. Thato Mokeke who currently plays for Cape Town City and Suprise Ralani.

By Khathu ishe Mafadza

Football motherbody, SAFA has strongly condemned violent acts that erupted at the ABC Motsepe League National playoffs on Friday.

The chaotic scenes took place at the end of a semifinal match between Umsinga United and Orbit College at Harry Gwala Stadium. 

Umsinga fans stormed onto the pitch after their club was eliminated in the ABC Motsepe League playoffs semifinal stage by Orbit College. The host side were favourites to seal one of the two spots in the Motsepe Foundation Championship next season.

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But it wasn’t to be as the North West side beat them 1-0 in a tightly contested match. Orbit will now face Upington fellow PSL club in the final on Sunday at the same venue. 

SAFA condemns violent acts at ABC Motsepe League National playoffs
Umsinga United fans

SAFA CONDEMNS VIOLENT

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) strongly condemns the violent acts of hooliganism and thuggery. That took place during the ABC Motsepe National Playoffs semi-finals on Friday (9 June 2023) afternoon in Pietermaritzburg.”

“We have asked security and the referee for a full report and we will prioritise the investigation into this incident.

“We will vigorously pursue this matter and any individual or club that is found to be guilty will be banned for these senseless acts. Such hooliganism has no place in football,” they said in a statement. 

SAFA insists its all systems go for the much-awaited 2023 ABC Motsepe League National Playoff despite ongoing court cases. The playoffs are scheduled to take place at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg from 6-11 June 2023.

The two finalists will gain promotion to the Motsepe League Championship for the 2023/2024 season.

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The draw was held last week in Johannesburg but there has been two changes since then. The Free State announced FC Buffalo as their provincial winner last Wednesday.

A court ruling in the Western Cape declared Zizwe United as the official winner of the Western Cape. This meant that Young Bafana were replaced by Zizwe United to represent the province. But there could be another twist which could jeopardise the commencement of the playoffs.

Young Bafana escalated the matter to the Gauteng High Court after they did not accept the ruling. The court ruled in favour of Bafana. But SAFA seems to be ignoring the ruling if their latest statement on Monday is anything to go by.

OFFICIAL DRAW

Gauteng’s Dondol Stars were drawn top of Group A alongside Umsinga United of KwaZulu Natal and Free States’s FC Buffalo.

Group B will be made up of coastal sides Amavarara FC from the Eastern Cape, Western Cape’s Zizwe United and Upington City from Northern Cape.

Group C is dominated by clubs from the Inland Provinces as Orbit College from North West drew top of the group alongside Mpumalanga’s Mlambo Royal Cubs and Mpheni Home Defenders from Limpopo.

ABC Motsepe League national playoffs to go ahead
Mpheni Home Defenders

All group-stage matches will be live-streamed on the SAFA Facebook page.
The semi-finals will be played on Friday 9 June 2023 at Harry Gwala Stadium with the final pencilled for the same venue on 11 June 2023.

These matches will also be broadcast live on SABC Sport and SABC 1.

By Khotso Ramalatswa

The draw for the 2022/23 season ABC Motsepe League National Playoffs was conducted at the SAFA House in Houston on Monday, 29 May. The Playoffs will be held in Pietermaritzburg from 6-11 June 2023. Two finalists will also gain promotion to the Motsepe League Championship for the upcoming season.

The competition will also see three groups of round-robin stages compete for the title of ABC National Championships. The date for the semifinals has also been set for Friday, 9 June 2023 at Harry Gwala Stadium. The Final will also take place at the same venue on 11 June 2023.

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The draw will see Gauteng Champions Dondol Stars drawn in group A alongside Umsinga United of KwaZulu Natal, and also a yet-to-be-confirmed club from the Free State.

ABC Motsepe League National Playoffs draw revealed
Limpopo Champions Mpheni Home Defenders

Group B will also see coastal sides Amavarara FC from the Eastern Cape, Western Cape’s Young Bafana and Upington City from Northern Cape.

Group C will see Orbit College from North West draw alongside Mpumalanga’s Mlambo Royal Cubs and also Mpheni Home Defenders from Limpopo.

ABC MOTSEPE LEAGUE NATIONAL PLAYOFFS DRAW:

Group A:
Dondol Stars – (GP)
Umsinga United – (KZN)
Free State (TBC)

Group B:
Amavarara FC (EC)
Young Bafana (WC)
Upington City (NC)

Group C:
Orbit College (NW)
Mlambo Royal Cubs (MP)
Mpheni Home Defenders (LP)

Mpheni Home Defenders were crowned overall champions of the SAFA Limpopo ABC Motsepe League and subsequently qualify for the national playoffs. Home Defenders beat The Dolphins by a goal to nil at a packed Oscar Mpetha Stadium at the University of Limpopo this past weekend. They join the winners of the other eight provinces for the national playoffs to be held in Durban from 5-11 June 2023. 

The other winners are Amavarara (Eastern Cape), Mlambo Royal Cubs (Mpumalanga), Dondol Stars (Gauteng), Upington City (Northern Cape). Young Bafana (Western Cape) and Orbit College (North West). 

MPHENI HOME DEFENDERS ADVANCE TO ABC MOTSEPE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Club owner and coach Sydwell Phuravhathu is confident that they will seal a promotion to the Motsepe Foundation Championship in Durban. 

“This is our time to go to the Motsepe Foundation Championship. We are going to go there to the national first division,” he told the media. 

Mpheni Home Defenders through to the ABC Motsepe League national playoffs
Mpheni Home Defenders celebrate

“I am very excited, I can’t explain my emotions, I am very excited and happy for the boys. They have been fighting all along from the previous season to this season.

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“We do have quality because if you look at it our last game was on 1 April and we only played a few games after that. So, players are not that sharp. But we will keep on working on that and make sure we are ready for the playoffs,” he said. 

Before the match could start, there was a protest from The Dolphins who insisted Mpheni were not the rightful opponents. The Dolphins accused Mpheni of cheating their way to the provincial playoffs and wanted to face Giyani Happy Boys instead. Happy Boys were Mpheni’s closest rivals and finished the season in the second position in Stream A. 

By Khotso Ramalatswa

The date and venue for the Limpopo ABC Motsepe League playoffs have officially been confirmed. Mpheni Home Defenders and The Dolphins will take on each other after winning their respective streams.

Mpheni won stream A after accumulating 45 points from 16 matches. They toppled closest rivals Giyani Happy Boys who finished the league with 34 points.

Former Provincial champions Mikhado finished bottom of the log with 12 points and was subsequently relegated to the SAFA SAB League. Mikhado are joined by Musina United who finished second from the bottom.

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This is due to the fact that both Black Leopards and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who are from Limpopo, are relegated from the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

Oscar Mpetha Stadium to Limpopo ABC Motsepe League playoffs
Oscar Mpetha Stadium to Limpopo ABC Motsepe League playoffs

In Stream B, The Dolphins finished the league with 34 points, a point more than their closest rivals City Motors. City Motors were the winner of the stream but finished second due to boardroom cases.

Phinnet FC finished bottom of the log and will be joined by PJ Stars as the two teams relegated to the SAB League.

DATE FOR ABC MOTSEPE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS SET

The playoffs will now take place at the Oscar Mpetha Stadium at the University of Limpopo on Sunday, 7 May. Kickoff for the match is at 15:00. The winner will go on to represent the province at the national playoffs set for KwaZulu Natal later this month.

The draw for the national playoffs is also set to be conducted in the upcoming week.