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ABC Motsepe League promotion conundrum

10 Aug 2020, 20:42 GMT+10

The third tier is a long and arduous amateur league that involves finishing the season and having all provincial winners contesting play-offs to determine the two graduates to the GladAfrica Championship.

It's a very difficult situation to comment on, my brother. I have no idea how we are going to resolve this one.Henry Basie

A tough decision lies ahead for Safa and the PSL regarding the two promotion spots in the NFD that must be filled by Motsepe League teams. Some solutions proposed by club officials City Press spoke to include automatically promoting the two teams with the most points, cancelling the season or coming to an agreement with the PSL to promote two teams later in the year.

Hungry Lions are top of the table in the Northern Cape stream with 51 points from 21 games.

"It's a very difficult situation to comment on, my brother. I have no idea how we are going to resolve this one," coach Henry Basie said.

"You can't just choose the team with the most points and say they will be promoted. The team in second place will challenge that in court. I honestly don't know what we should do. It will be up to Safa to decide."

"We do have a plan for the return of the ABC Motsepe League games. As you know, we have to follow the correct procedures in terms of getting approval from government. But the plan is for teams to return to training in the coming two weeks," said Maforvane.

"Games should restart sometime next month; we are just finalising those details. I am confident that we will be able to promote two teams [to the NFD]. We are aware that the PSL will start the new season on October 9. At worst, we might need to ask the PSL for a delay of a week or two."

Meanwhile, Safa is still reeling from a tragedy after its region of Umkhanyakude in KwaZulu-Natal reported that an amateur player died during an unsanctioned game recently.

Local football timeline

It will be a mad dash to the finish line as the PSL still has 113-games that need to be played in the next 43 days before the season can officially end. Thereafter there will be a break of a month and the 2020/21 campaign will commence. PSL chairman Irvin Khoza announced that the new season will start on October 9. Here is a timeline of when this season will be concluded and when the next one will begin:

August 11: Absa Premiership resumes

August 30: GladAfrica ends

September 5: Premiership ends

September 8/12: Nedbank Cup final

September 6-21: PSL playoffs

September 22-November 17: Transfer window

October 9: Start of 2020/21 PSL season

February 1-March 1: Transfer window

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