Mpheni Defenders’ head coach, Mr Sydwell Phuravhathu. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Can United Artists spoil it for Mpheni Defenders?


With only four matches remaining in the current soccer season, the struggle for promotion and to escape relegation continues among the teams affiliated with the Limpopo Stream of the ABC Motsepe League this weekend. Five matches will be played on Friday afternoon, with the same number of matches scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

The match expected to attract a large number of spectators will be between Mpheni Defenders and United Artists at the Mpheni Grounds on Saturday. Mpheni Defenders must win the match, no matter the cost, to keep their title hopes alive. Defenders are currently leading the pack with 27 points, three more than the second-placed side, Emmanuel FC.

The head coach of Defenders, Mr Sydwell Phuravhathu, is adamant that his team will win all four their remaining matches and see what happens to Emmanuel FC in their remaining fixtures. He admitted that beating United Artists on Saturday will not be an easy task, considering that United Artists are fighting for survival. Artists are lying in the third position from the bottom of the log with 16 points.

Munaca FC will entertain Vondwe XI Bullets at the Makhado Show Grounds. Mathematically, Bullets still stand a chance to win the league championship. They are seven points behind the pacesetters, Mpheni Defenders.

Musina United must beat Maruleng Celtic when they meet at the Musina Rugby Stadium to enhance their chances of escaping the relegation axe at the end of the season. Musina United are rooted at the bottom of the log with seven points.

Emmanuel FC will host Madridtas FC at the Malamulele Stadium, while Giyani Happy Boys will visit Winners Park at the Westfalia Stadium outside Tzaneen. Friday’s fixtures are City Motors vs Mokopane PJ Stars, The Dolphins vs Ditlou FC, Tzaneen United vs Nkowankowa Continentals, and Mighty FC vs Tubatse United.


Sport - Date: 12 April 2024

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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.