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Battle for league honours far from over

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Former title hopefuls Dalton Brothers have seemingly given up on their dream of topping the league this season

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Real Madrid FC, last year’s winner of the SAB Frances Baard district league title, looks set for another turn at the summit despite stiff challenges from the likes of newcomer Pescodia Porto and Tswelopele FC.

The 16-member league has entered the last quarter of its season where the likes of Madrid and Tswelopele have only six games left to play. Madrid have completed 24 games of which they comfortably won 17, drew three and lost only four to end up with a log-topping 54 points.

However, with newcomer Pes Porto on their heels at number three on the log with 46 points from 13 wins out of 22 games, Madrid have a real reason to constantly look over their shoulder to keep a watch on Porto’s progress.

In fact they would be well advised to keep track of Porto as the latter have beefed up their technical squad of late and added Arlon Wilson’s talents to that of army officer and coach Lucas Motsemme. Under Motsemme Porto have been almost untouchable in their debut season in the regional league.

Madrid are among the top three teams in the regional league who have the pedigree to run away with the conference title. The other contenders are, as stated earlier, Tswelopele, Pes Porto and, by a long shot, Phokwane Stars.

Former title hopefuls Dalton Brothers have seemingly given up on their dream of topping the league this season.

Dalton have for the past two seasons or so failed dismally at even coming to within a whisker of the regional summit.

Should either of these contenders come out tops at the end of the season, the regional champion will get to engage in play-offs with title holders from the John Taolo Gaetsewe and the Pixley ka Seme districts.

It’s almost certain that Madrid are all to aware that it is precisely at this stage of the season last year, during the play-offs, when they came a cropper against De Aar’s United Rovers who beat them in their debut year to the inter-regional championship title and won promotion to the superior ABC Motsepe League.