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Rovers and Juventus to face off in crunch ABC Motsepe League clash

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Safa have resolved that the Province will as of the 2018/19 season revert to the single structured league for the Northern Cape

Picture: Xinhua/Han Yan

A changed attitude and a commitment to give their all by the Kakamas Juventus FC players has seen the club occupy the top spot of the ABC Motsepe coastal league log for a sustained period in the second half of the season, said club manager Marius Tieties.

Juventus and De Aar based United Rovers FC are in pole position to capture their respective streams of the ABC Motsepe league in the Northern Cape with only two games left before the season closes.

Being first on the log is a unique situation for Juventus who have for the first time since their formation in 1971 and a nine year stint in the semi-professional ABC Motsepe League, enjoyed an extended stay at the top of the log.

Juventus have won six of their 12 matches while they drew another six and recorded no losses. This show of strength rewarded them with 24 points from a total of 33 goals scored against all opponents.

The team’s new coach Nasaar Thomas in turn attributed the club’s good showing to: “a desire (among the players) to escape their dire social and economic surrounds. That is what propelled the players to perform at their level best this season.

“There are very little work opportunities here for them. Most are young with ages ranging below 26. They see football as a likely gateway to greater things for them,” he said.

Thomas said he took over the reins of the team that was founded by the Roman Catholic church just last year. The 47 year-old team also signed on six new players this season which helped the new coach to add two strong players to the back four, as well as another two in the middle of the park.

One of the remaining two was a utility player while the last signing greatly improved their wing play, he said.

As for Rovers, on the other hand, their prolonged, nine match winning streak from 12 matches, is the coming together of a long term plan to hop skip the club to the elite rungs of provincial football, and from then on perhaps to the professional league, Chris Appies the Rover’s manager had said in an earlier interview.

Rovers are in their first season of the third tier ABC Motsepe League. They have twice qualified for the Nedbank Cup competition where professional sides battle it out with lesser division teams for lucrative prizemoney.

Should Juventus and Rovers maintain their composure for their two remaining games they will meet each other as stream champions in the provincial play-offs at the end of the season. The play-offs are a unique system which was specifically invented for the Northern Cape by Safa in a bid to help clubs save on overly long distance travel to the Province’s far-flung venues.

This, however, is the last season in which this dual stream system will be used. Safa have resolved that the Province will as of the 2018/19 season revert to the single structured league for the Northern Cape.

Both Juventus and Rovers play their second to last game against each other at the Langverwacht stadium tomorrow at 3pm.