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Local teams eye strong finish to football season

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Pescod is Kuruman Kicks who have also seemingly lost their mojo for the big time. Kicks have three points from one win and a draw

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United Rovers, the three-time Nedbank Cup contestants from De Aar in the Northern Cape, have a five point lead in the inland stream of the ABC Motsepe League with three fixtures left to play before the festive break starts on November 25.

Rovers have amassed 15 points by winning all five of their games since the start of the current season. They are followed closely by NC Liverpool of Barkly West who have 10 points from three wins including a draw and a loss in the league.

On the coastal stream Upington teams Mainstay United and Hungry Lions will still have to battle it out for leadership of the conference as both are tied at 11 points after five games. Tornados, from the same neighbourhood, sits a close second with nine points after three wins from their five games.

Kakamas Juventus sits uncharacteristically at the underside of the coastal stream with a mere three points from three drawn matches from their five fixtures. Juventus, coached by Mitch Coetzee have the enviable record of having groomed Rivaldo Coetzee (no relation), the youngest ever player to get capped for Bafana Bafana.

Rivaldo now appears in the colours of Caf champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League.

Kimberley-based William Pescod Athletic prop up the bottom of the inland stream with a single point from five games. The club has not seen any better days since their long time coach and local teacher Arlon Wilson jumped ship two seasons ago to join upstart fourth division Safa SAB League club Pescodia Porto.

Just above Pescod is Kuruman Kicks who have also seemingly lost their mojo for the big time. Kicks have three points from one win and a draw.

Both streams will resume their fixtures on January 19 from whence they will play until the of March 23.

Meanwhile, Safa sources had said earlier this month that the provincial play-offs for the Sasol Women’s League will be played in Kimberley most likely during the first week of December. A confirmed date will be announced soon.