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Aztecs one step closer to Masters League crown after first leg win over Juventus

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The match unfolded as a tightly contested battle, with both sides fully aware of what was at stake. However, it was the Aztec who seized the initiative in the first half, securing the pivotal lead with what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

It was a fierce battle on the field, but this Sunday will determine who will be crowned winners of the Sol Plaatje Masters League.

IN A THRILLING showdown beneath the scorching Kimberley sun this past weekend, Aztec Masters FC secured a narrow 1-0 victory against Juventus Masters FC at the De Beers Stadium.

This intense encounter served as the first leg of the highly anticipated Sol Plaatje Masters League final, laying the foundation for an exciting conclusion scheduled at Galeshewe Stadium this Sunday.

The temperature soared to a blistering 37 degrees, making every stride on the field a test of endurance for players on both teams.

Spectators sought refuge under the shade cover on the grandstand, and their cheers generated an electric atmosphere that mirrored the intensity on the pitch.

Spectators sought refuge under the comforting cover of shade as the Northern Cape sun beat down from above. Picture: Danie van der Lith

The match unfolded as a tightly contested battle, with both sides fully aware of what was at stake. However, it was the Aztec who seized the initiative in the first half, securing the pivotal lead with what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

The goal sent ripples of excitement through the crowd. Fans erupted in cheers as their team celebrated the breakthrough, aware of the significance of every goal in a final of this magnitude.

The Aztec Masters FC player (blue) sets himself up for a ball that was passed to him. Picture: Danie van der Lith

The celebrations continued after the final whistle, with Aztecs having gained the advantage for this coming weekend’s match.

Now, all eyes turn to the Galeshewe Stadium, where the teams are set to collide in the decisive second leg of the final. The players, having weathered the gruelling conditions of the De Beers Stadium, are gearing up for another fierce encounter that will determine the ultimate champions of the Sol Plaatje Masters League.

Juventus Masters FC (green) gave it their all, but just could not find the inside of the net. Picture: Danie van der Lith

As the anticipation builds, soccer enthusiasts and supporters from both camps are bracing for a gripping finale. Will the Aztec Masters maintain their slender lead and secure the championship, or will the Juventus Masters mount a comeback to claim the title?

The answers will unfold on the field this Sunday, promising a fitting climax to a season of hard-fought battles in the Sol Plaatje Masters League.

Gates open at 9am and entry into the venue will cost you R20.

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