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ABC Motsepe League set to get under way after extended break

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Safa have conducted a workshop in Gauteng for the administrative personnel who will manage the new league

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The South African Football Association (Safa) have released an all-inclusive fixtures list for the Northern Cape’s dual stream ABC Motsepe League after a prolonged recess to accommodate several sponsored and international Safa competitions.

Last week Safa NC secretary Corrie Coetzee released the fixture list for the sponsored league games which will start this weekend, and take place at several venues around the Province, starting from on Saturday September 15.

The fixtures will run until next year March 2019.

The approved fixture list also incorporates several competitive match dates set aside for the annual Nedbank Cup competition which will kick off on October 13.

The eventual provincial winner of that competition will advance to the knockout phase of the last 32 stage of the Nedbank Cup. At that stage the provincial winner will do battle with an assortment of clubs in the higher Safa divisions including teams from the elite Premier Soccer League.

The ABC Motsepe League fixtures will run concurrently alongside that of the Sasol Women’s League which started earlier in the year and are already in the tenth week of their year-long schedule.

The Women’s League is currently on its last phase in the present format where it is represented in all nine provinces via provincial leagues. Safa recently announced plans to reconfigure the Women’s League into a single national unit.

An insider at Safa provincial has indicated that many of the current 16 members in the Women’s League in the Northern Cape will likely be relegated to a lower league as the national outfit will only accommodate a few of the top clubs.

The source said Safa will likely cull the top clubs and absorb them in the new national set-up, but the precise format and method that will be used is still to be confirmed.

Safa vice-president Ria Ledwaba last month conducted a provincial roadshow which included the Northern Cape. During the roadshow she, amongst other topics, talked to the provincial associations and clubs about the envisaged Women’s National League.

No details of Ledwaba’s talks were released to the media.

In the meantime Safa have, in anticipation of the launch of the new league, also conducted a workshop in Gauteng for the administrative personnel who will manage the new league. This includes office staff as well as referees and match commissioners.