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High-flying NC Pros cautious ahead of Stars clash

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NC Pros face a tough match against newcomers Southey Stars on Sunday.

NC Professionals the Olifantshoek based ABC Motsepe league campaigners. Picture: Supplied

NC PROFESSIONALS are unlikely to continue their reign of scoring massive goal tallies against opponents in the inland stream of the ABC Motsepe League this weekend, as the team, also known as NC Pros, face a tough match against newcomers Southey Stars FC on Sunday.

The Olifantshoek based NC Professionals this past weekend mercilessly dealt with all their opponents from the Kakamas area. Because of the Covid-19 lockdown health regulations all Safa matches are played at a bio-safe venue over a weekend. First NC Pros mercilessly dispensed with Kakamas Sundowns last Saturday afternoon, beating them 6-0.

Next they rounded off that daring, unchallenged raid by launching a seven-goal deluge against Kakamas Juventus the very next day and beat them 7-0.

NC Pro’s owner and coach Robert Sebastian, on being asked what they had against Kakamas teams, said that Kakamas teams were never a walkover despite the scores his team put up against them. “You must make a killing when you get the chance against them. You will never win against them at their home grounds. They are merciless,” Sebastian said.

Looking ahead, to their match against Southey Stars FC at home in Olifantshoek next Sunday at the Ditloung stadium in a 3pm clash, Pros are decidedly cautious about this fixture and have done extensive homework on their opponents.

Sebastian was emphatic when speaking about this upcoming fixture: “They (Southey Stars) are a competitive team. They recently assumed the status of another side which was in the (ABC Motsepe) league. They clearly have plans for the way forward,” he told the DFA.

Sebastian, who has more than 15 years of involvement in sports and football, said the plan for his own club was to move upwards in the Safa divisions to the National First Division.

“Many teams buy the statuses of Northern Cape based clubs as they believe in doing so they can play their way into the provincial knockout stages of the league. The knockouts determine promotion to the senior divisions of Safa at the end of the season,” he explained.

Southey Stars owner-manager Dineo “Zorba” Legobane confirmed that his team is named after his hometown in the North West province. Southey village is located north-west of Vryburg.

“I bought the status of Magareng Young Stars who were playing in the ABC Motsepe League,” Legobane said. “Because I work as a miner in Kathu I decided to relocate the team from there (Southey) to Kathu. I have kept most of my old players and mixed in about eight others from our development side,” he added.

Southey’s stay in the upper league has been impressive in their three league games and one Nedbank Cup elimination round. They started off with a solid showing in their debut league game against Kakams Sundowns and won 2-1. Next, they won 3-0 against Kakamas Juventus and then went on to clobber Olifantshoek Young Stars 5-0.

In December Southey won their Nedbank Cup competition eliminator against Kakamas Juventus 4-0. They currently stand at nine league points after three games thanks to their three wins.

The league fixture adventures of NC Pros and Southey were noticed by Olifantshoek Young Stars who wasted no time in also blasting Kakamas Juventus 7-0 in the biosafe bubble.

Kimberley’s Colville United achieved a relatively “balanced” result against their opponents. United drew their opener against NC Liverpool 1-1 and won 2-1 against Rasta Fa Eagles.

New ABC Motsepe league entrants Real Madrid had a tough day at the office. First United Rovers wiped the floor 3-1 with them then NC Liverpool finished them off with a 2-1 victory.