ABC Motsepe League season hots up

The electrifying season of the ABC Motsepe League continued this past weekend with the Free State league producing a total of 29 goals in eight matches on week eight of the competition. Bloemfontein Celtic emerged as the biggest winners, beating Central University 4-3 away from home to ascend to the summit of the log.

Their upward movement was helped by Tshiame All Stars losing 3-2 to Free State Stars in what was their first ever defeat of this season.

Celtic are now top with 20 points from eight matches, while Tshiame are in second place with 19.

Bloemfontein Young Tigers, who thrashed Kingston FC 4-0 moved to third on the log with 17 points from eight games, while Mangaung United are fourth with the same number of points and games played after they won 3-1 against Mangaung Unite.

The ABC Motsepe League in Gauteng could not match the high scoring feats of Free State, managing just 15 goals out of eight fixtures, with two of those between JDR Stars and Vaal Professionals, as well as Alexandra United against Dube Continental ending goalless.

Maccabi, who remain perched at the top, took advantage of JDR’s slip, beating African All Stars 1-0 to extend their lead to four points.

Mokete Tsotetsi’s Maccabi are now on 23 points from 10 matches, while JDR are second on 19, with both teams having played the same number of matches.

Dondol Stars quietly got closer to the league pace setters with a 1-0 win over rivals Baberwa FC to move to third on 17 points, having played one less game than Maccabi and Tshiame.

Ndengeza continue to fly high in Limpopo with 20 points from eight games having beaten Polokwane United 2-1.

Joe Maweja did Ndengeza a huge favour by beating second place Boyne Tigers, who remain second on the log. Boyne now trails Ndengeza by four points, though they have played a game less than the table topping side. The Dolphins, who are equal with Boyne on 16 points, took advantage of the slip when they beat Magezi 1-0.

That defeat by Magezi was their second on the trot this season, forcing them to drop to eighth place on the table with eight points from the same number of matches.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila remain at the bottom of the log with one point from six matches. Their recent match ended in a 2-0 loss at home against Great North.

In the Northern Cape’s Stream A, Olympics are flying high after four rounds of matches, having drawn 2-2 with Hungry Lions.

That has put them on 10 points, with second placed Kakamas Sundowns, who won 1-0 against Rasta Fa Eagles, putting pressure with nine points. Stream B is in the control of NC Liverpool, who won 4-1 over Olifantshoek Young Stars to move to 10 points form four matches. Hot on their heels is Young Stars, who only played to a goalless draw against William Prescod.

Buya Msuthu emerge as this week’s leaders of the North-West ABC Motsepe League, pipping Polokwane City Rovers by two points thanks to their 1-0 win over Palmeros. City Rovers also won by the same scoreline against Moretele Gunners to take their points tally to 10 this season after four matches.

Phiva Young Stars returned to the top of the log in Mpumalanga in grand fashion after thrashing Mapulaneng United 3-0. Phiva now have 17 points from seven games, while Mlambo Royal Cubs are second with 15 points after they won 4-1 over BBR Eagles.

Tornado and Future Tigers are running with the Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League, having both won against Butterworth and Lion City respectively.