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Sport - Date: 21 June 2019
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 565
The Makhuvha Stadium will be a hive of activity this weekend. The last group stage for the SAFA Vhembe MMK Administrators Soccer League champ-of-champs matches will be played there tomorrow.
The semi-final and final matches will also be staged at the same venue on Sunday.
The teams that will battle it out in the group stage tomorrow are: United Artists, Mashamba Soccer Academy and Annel Real Vikings.
The matches for group A and B were played over the past weekend. Madridtas FC and Mpheni Home Defenders secured places in the semi-final stage of the tournament after finishing their group-stage matches on top of their respective groups. Madridtas drew 1-1 with Ngovhela XI Experience in their opening match and crushed Dipeni FC 6-0 in their last match to finish on top of the group with 4 points.
Mpheni Home Defenders proved that they did not reach the champ-of-champs stage by default as they did not concede a goal in their group-stage matches. They brutally walloped Maelula United Brothers 5-0 before beating Muziafera Blue Eagles 1-0 later in the afternoon to finish on top of the group with 6 solid points.
The top team in tomorrow’s group-stage matches, together with the best losers in the three groups, will join Madridtas and Mpheni Home Defenders in the semi-final stage. The opening group-stage match will be between United Artists and Mashamba Soccer, which is scheduled to start at 08:00.
United Artists will have less than two hours to rest before they play their last match for the day. They will entertain Annel Real Vikings at 11:30. Mashamba Soccer Academy and Annel Real Vikings will wrap up the day’s programme at 15:00.
Sunday’s programme is scheduled to start at 08:00. The second semi-final match will follow at 10:00. The teams will have two hours of resting time before the final game, which is scheduled to kick off at 14:30.
The overall champions will receive R60 000 and a floating trophy. They will also represent the SAFA Vhembe Region in the provincial promotional playoffs that will be hosted by Sekhukhune Region next weekend, 29 and 30 June.
Tshakhuma RO Nandilani represented the SAFA Vhembe Region at the Nkowankowa Stadium in Tzaneen last year. The Tshakhuma side did the region proud by becoming the first team to win all their matches in the annual event.
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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.