Ready to cause an upset against United Artists - Tshiungani Young Chiefs. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Artists and Young Chiefs in champ-of-champs clash


Nine teams from the Safa Vhembe Regional League will take part in the champ-of-champs tournament this weekend. The matches will be played at three different venues on Sunday.

The teams have been divided into three groups. The first group will play their matches at the Tshifulanani Stadium, where the opening match will be between Sambandou United Professionals and Tshikhwani Stone Breakers. The match is scheduled to start at 08:00.

United Professionals will not have much time to rest after the game. They will be expected to play their last match for the day against Tshivhazwaulu Peace Makers about two hours later. Tshikhwani Stone Breakers and Tshivhazwaulu Peace Makers will wrap up the day’s programme later in the afternoon.

The second group, which comprises Mashamba Soccer Academy, United Artists and Tshiungani Young Chiefs, will play their matches at the Rabali Stadium. Mashamba Soccer Academy and Tshiungani Young Chiefs will be the first to enter the field of play. United Artists and Mashamba Soccer Academy will follow suit at 11:30.

The match that is expected to be the final before the actual final will be between Tshiungani Young Chiefs and United Artists, which is scheduled to start at 15:00. Young Chiefs had beaten Igwe FC 5-3 in their group winners match at the same venue last Saturday, while United Artists’ way to the champ-of-champs stage went via Marhavi FC, whom they beat 2-1 at the Saselamani Stadium on the same day.

Teams belonging to the third group, SMSA FC, Tshimuthe FC and Rabali Pull Together, will play their matches at the Saselamani Stadium. SMSA and Tshimuthe FC will open the programme for the day. Rabali Pull Together and SMSA will test each other’s strength towards midday. The final match will be between Tshimuthe FC and Rabali Pull Together.

The best team from each group together with the best runner-up will secure places in the semi-final stage.

According to the general secretary of the league, Mr Eric Muneri, the date and venue for the semi-final matches will be announced after Sunday’s matches. The overall winner will represent the region in the provincial promotional playoffs. The best two teams in the provincial playoffs will be promoted to the ABC Motsepe League.



Date:28 May 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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