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Porto retain their championship title

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The provincial medal parade for Porto took place without much fanfare as the league competition is administered nationally

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The Pescodia Porto football club officially assumed the mantle of champions of Safa’s Frances Baard SAB League on Sunday, making it the second year in a row for this two-year-old team, when they beat Amakipkip 3-0 to romp home with the title with 75 points from the season’s 30 games.

Ipopeng-based Real Madrid came a distant second, finishing with 19 wins and 63 points to their tally. Delportshoop United will say farewell to the league and head back into the fold of the Dikgatlong Local Football Association.

Junior Tigers of Pampierstad, who finished rock bottom this season, have been fired outright from the SAB League for failing to honour three fixtures, while new entrants to the SAB conference will be known after the conclusion of a round of play-offs later this month.

Safa provincial secretary Ponatshego Mondela, explained that the provincial medal parade for Porto took place without much fanfare as the league competition is administered nationally. “We did hand out their medals and trophies on Sunday after they won 3-0 against of Barkly West based Amakipkip at Galeshewe Stadium,” he said.,

Mondela cautioned that the log ranking of some clubs will be affected when final points for all teams are recalculated after the league expunges the match points of the expelled Junior Tigers. However, Porto is safe as they enjoy a nine-point lead at the top.

Meanwhile, the Northern Cape Sasol League teams will not take a break similar to most of the male teams who will break for the duration of the CAF Afcon competition in Egypt this month.

Banyana Banyana takes on Spain in their maiden game of the Fifa Women’s World Cup showpiece on Sunday in the harbour town of Le Havre in France.

The Sasol League will, meanwhile, plod on regardless judging from a schedule of fixtures which will run over the Fifa World Cup period as well as the Men’s Afcon competition.

The Sasol teams in the Province need to up their games as a dreadful run of results testify. This past weekend Orion High Ladies trashed Galeshewe Ladies 13-0 in De Aar, and Kurara Ladies slashed Keimoes-based RC Mills 7-1 in Batlharos. Then Dithakong Happy Sundowns clobbered Tlhaping Flowers 7-0 also in Kuruman.

The refrain from managers and coaches is that the attitudes of the players towards their game is in need of a major shift in mindset. The managers previously mentioned that it was common for them to travel to fixtures with less than the required number of players on the team transport. Also, players not attending practice sessions was a common occurrence, they said.

In parting, Mondela said the Association will, on Sunday, stage the second meeting in Barkly West starting at 10am at a local school still to be advised. He indicated that they were keen to get a regional league going and when conditions allow, roll down that programme to school level also where they hope to establish feeder teams at the LFA level.

The meeting in Barkly West is open to all interested women’s teams and their administrators.