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Clubs roll up their sleeves as ABC Motsepe League enters the home stretch

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Olifantshoek Young Stars have absorbed more goals at 24 from nine matches which credited them with five log points

Picture: Xinhua/Han Yan

Kakamas Sundowns and United Rovers respectively lead the coastal and inland streams of the ABC Motsepe League conferences as the season heads into the home straight.

Both Sundowns and Rovers have a bye this weekend as the league mops up delayed games which could not be played on the dates they were scheduled owing to the unavailability of venues.

In the Frances Baard area three catch-up fixtures will be played tomorrow. John Taole Gaetsewe District’s finest, Kuruman Kicks, will come up against Young Pirates at the Batlharos slaughterhouse.

However, based on recent form it is doubtful whether Kicks will even be able to shift a ball or find the goalposts. Kicks have had the second highest number of goals scored against them at 21 while they in turn have scored just nine times in all seven games.

Kicks are languishing at second from bottom with four points to their account after seven fixtures. They have only won a single game, drawn another and lost five matches. Only Olifantshoek Young Stars have absorbed more goals at 24 from nine matches which credited them with five log points.

In the other game William Pescod is matched up with Young Stars who are on an upward curve and are sitting at number two spot on the SAB log with 18 points. Pescod are fifth with 11 points, and have more less hovered around the middle of the log for the better part of three seasons and have yet to dig themselves out of this trend.

The last catch-up match will feature Colville United against NC Liverpool at the Diskobolos army base grounds on Sunday at 5pm.

Meanwhile, Kakamas-based Sundowns head up the coastal stream with 20 points off their 10 games in which they recorded six wins, two draws and two losses. In contrast to the past three seasons Sundowns are at the unfamiliar apex of the league with 20 points.

Sundowns have shaded the usually ambitious Morester Jeug of Upington who have a mere five points after 10 matches and are at the bottom of the inland log. Morester are usually an industrious team has made the cut to amateur club friendly national competitions such as the Nedbank Cup.

They have featured twice in this competition at provincial level.

Their inland counterpart United Rovers have amassed 23 points from 10 matches, notching up seven wins, two draws and a single loss. Both Rovers and Sundowns are left with four games apiece.

Should Rovers maintain their forward momentum for the four remaining matches they will certainly be candidates for the district play-offs of the dual stream league and perhaps qualify again for the Nedbank Cup competition.

Meanwhile, Safa Frances Baard secretary Ponatshego Mondela yesterday explained why the district had not sent a candidate to last week’s Safa High Performance centre course in Gauteng. Modela said the Safa headquarters had contacted specific district clubs directly. These clubs had each to send a candidate to the High Performance centre.

Cameroon FC from Kimberley had been selected to send a candidate but insofar as he was aware the selected coach could not honour the appointment due to family circumstances.