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Real Madrid FC happy to be in ABC Motsepe League play-offs

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Kimberley Real Madrid are heading to Safa’s ABC Motsepe League national play-offs without official notification that they are the Northern Cape champions.

Kimberley Real Madrid FC who will be in group A at the ABC Motsepe League national play-offs which start in Potchefstroom next Tuesday. Picture: Supplied

KIMBERLEY Real Madrid are heading to Safa’s ABC Motsepe League national play-offs which will kick off at Potchefstroom’s Olen Park Stadium next Tuesday, June 14 without official notification that they are the Northern Cape champions.

An insider at the Kimberley-based Real Madrid was quick to point out that they were not complaining, but said that they did notice the strange set of events that have unfolded since their provincial finals match of the league about a month ago against Upington City that ended unceremoniously with Madrid leading 3-2.

“There’s been no crowning ceremony, no word or letter to inform us about our status regarding that game. However, what we did see was a letter from Safa HQ informing us to head to Potchefstroom. We were also instructed via that letter to make accommodation arrangements over there which Safa promised to pay for.”

The official said it was strange that they have been invited to Potchefstroom yet they have not had an official invitation to a crowning ceremony as champions of the Northern Cape ABC Motsepe League.

“We have been expecting some sort of verdict on that controversial final match which was played at the Postmasburg Showgrounds. What is happening is strange!”

On Monday this week Safa announced that it has selected Potchefstroom University’s Olen Park Stadium to host the 2022 ABC Motsepe national play-offs from June 14-19. Safa further stated that the two finalists involved in the national play-offs have the added incentive of gaining promotion to the Glad Africa Championship league for the 2022/23 season.

The draw for the round robin fixtures was conducted at Safa House in Johannesburg.

The semi-finals will be played on Friday June 17 at Olen Park Stadium. The final will be played at the same venue on Sunday June 19.

The two finalists will gain automatic promotion to the first division of South African football, the National Soccer League who manage the Glad Africa League. The champions on the day will walk away with R1 million in prize money, while the runner-up will receive R600,000.

The preliminary draw for the play-offs indicate that the Northern Cape candidate has been slotted into group A where they will play against the candidate club from Limpopo and Spear of the Nation C from the Eastern Cape.

Besides the Northern Cape, Safa’s candidate list for teams taking part in the national play-offs indicate that two other provinces namely North West and Limpopo also do not have designated teams representing them. Instead it appears as though their slots will be announced in the run up to the play-offs.

Fans and followers of the soccer teams involved posted memes on social media making fun of the situation.

All other participants of the national play offs will return to play in their provincial leagues.

Earlier Safa had made known plans to amalgamate the two eight-member team streams and make a single league. The move has been widely welcomed by football managers and followers alike who praised Safa for the move.

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