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No relegation in ABC Motsepe League this season


Although Blackpool FC and Dennilton Callies completed their league programme at the bottom of their respective streams in the ABC Motsepe League, they will not be relegated to the lower division. According to the chairman of the board of governors, Mr Mighty Tjale, the decision not to relegate the teams that finished their league programmes at the bottom of the log was reached during the board’s meeting held last week.

Blackpool are lying at the bottom of Stream A with 11 points, while Callies are languishing at the bottom of Stream B. Unlike Blackpool, who had managed to win two of the 16 league matches they had played this season, Callies have not known the taste of victory this season. They had managed to deposit only two points into their league account throughout the season.

Blackpool were supposed to have played against Vondwe XI Bullets in their last league fixture on Saturday, 9 April. Realising that they had already been relegated, even if they managed to win the match, Blackpool opted not to honour the fixture, forcing the league to declare the match a walk-over for Bullets.

Mr Tjale has revealed that, instead of relegating, they will retain their current members and increase the number by two that will be promoted from the Regional Leagues. Asked whether they would combine the two streams next season, Mr Tjale said that they would maintain the status quo. According to him, maintaining the two streams is more cost effective to the clubs as they spend less on travelling.

Asked about the latest developments regarding the provincial promotional playoffs, Mr Tjale revealed that the annual event will be staged on Saturday, 7 May. He added that the league will soon make an announcement with regard the venue for the match. The Stream A log leaders, Mpheni Home Defenders, and their counterparts from Stream B, Magesi FC, will try their luck in the provincial promotional playoffs.

The winner in the provincial playoffs will represent the province in the national playoffs. The top two teams in the national promotional playoffs will be promoted to the GladAfrica Championship League.



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Date:21 April 2022 - By: Frank Mavhungu

Frank Mavhungu

Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990.  He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.




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