Vondwe XI Bullets’ left winger, Talifhani Manyaga. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.
This weekend marks the start of the ABC Motsepe League activities for the new season. Four matches will be played on Friday afternoon, while the remaining six are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The defending champions, Mpheni Home Defenders, will commence the new season with a home match. They will host Munaca FC at the Mpheni Grounds in the Elim area on Saturday. Although they will be playing in front of their home crowd, beating Munaca will not be easy for Home Defenders. Munaca had assembled a formidable squad this season. Munaca had narrowly escaped the relegation axe last season and they will try by all means possible not to see themselves in a similar situation at the end of this season.
Giyani Happy Boys will enjoy the home-ground advantage in their match against Vondwe XI Bullets at the Xikukwani Stadium outside Giyani. A quick glance at the Bullets’ camp shows that they are armed to the teeth. Their striking force, which includes Lucky Mutshotsho, Phathutshedzo Nemagovhani and Talifhani Manyaga, are capable of breaking any wall.
The other match that will also be played at the same venue will be between Bellevue Winners Park and Musina United. Madridtas FC will entertain Maruleng Celtic at the Tshifudi Stadium. Celtic had procured the ABC Motsepe League franchise from Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC. Emmanuel FC will host United Artists at the Giyani Stadium. Mighty FC will undertake a journey to Tzaneen. Their match against Tzaneen United will be played at the Nkowankowa Stadium. Mighty had also escaped the relegation axe by a whisker last season.
Friday’s fixtures are City Motors vs Nkowankowa Continentals, Ditlou FC vs Tubatse United FC, Mokopane PJ Stars vs Sun Rise FC and The Dolphins FC vs Eleven Fast Tigers.
Date:24 November 2023
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.