THE first weekend of the new SAB League soccer season opened to a good start with teams showing goal-scoring prowess in the two groups and Safa regional executive officer Kholiwe Masabalala saying players were in high spirits last weekend.
Group A of the league comprises teams from Sakhisizwe, Emalahleni, Engcobo and Intsika Yethu local municipalities, while Group B has teams from Lukhanji, Inkwanca and Tsolwana. The last three local municipalities have merged to form Enoch Mgijima, but remain separated in the league according to Masabalala.
The first Group A matches were on Saturday when Mountain Shadows lost their home game in Elliot 4-0 to Young Stars. Xalanga Celtics drew 2-all with Peace Brothers in Cala, Mafez lost 2-1 to Amavarara in Cofimvaba while Makhuze Royals drew 3-all with Hot Spurs – also in Cofimvaba.
Masabalala said Group B matches were played over two days with Difra Stars losing 2-1 to Ezibeleni side Holy Kings in Molteno on Saturday and the two Sada sides, MK Academy and Amathole, played to a goalless draw.
Love and Peace and Mighty Bucks drew 1-1 in Sterkstroom with Valgas thrashing Mighty Cosmos 2-0. Current log standings for Group A is led by Young Stars and Amavarara on three points each, followed by Makhuze Royals, Hot Spurs, Peace Brothers and Xalanga on one each, while Mafez and Mountain Shadows remain pointless.
“The level of the competition has been widened as the teams no longer play with teams in their areas. You can see we have three and four municipalities per stream. Players are showing much interest in competing and development,” Masabalala said.
In the Group B matches tomorrow, Amathole will take on Mighty Bucs in Sada at 3pm and Valgas go toe-to-toe with MK Academy at Dumpy Adams at 3pm.
On Sunday, Cosmos will play Holy Kings at 1pm followed by Love and Peace taking on Difra at 3pm – both in Sterkstroom.