With the PSL season starting the past week and with two rounds played so far. And fans treated to its fair share of upsets already. Some fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the NFD and ABC Motsepe Leagues.
We’ve taken the opportunity to preview some of the 3rd tier regions of South African football, which features 144 teams nationwide. A league that boast a couple of former PSL and NFD teams. As well as development/academy teams of PSL and NFD teams.
Each provincial division comprises of 16 teams. The winner of each provincial division qualifies for the annual Promotional Play-offs where they are divided into two streams with the winners of the two streams being promoted to the National First Division
FREE STATE REGION
This region has Bloemfontein Celtic Colts a development team of the PSL team.. Then there is Bloemfontein Young Tigers a former NFD team. Super Eagles who campaigned in the NFD also drop to the ABC Motsepe after being relegated.
EASTERN CAPE REGION
After three seasons in the ABC Motsepe League, the owners of EC Bees decided to sell its status to East London based Bush Bucks Academy. Mthatha Bucks who was the sole representative of the Eastern Cape in the NFD was also relegated to the ABC Motsepe League.
Has former PSL and NFD team Swallows FC (formerly known as Moroka Swallows). As well as the ambitious Baberwa FC who finished 8th. A special mention to Alexandra Black Aces FC owned by the Morfou Brothers the former owners of Mpumalanga Black Aces. Former NFD team Ga- Rankuwa United ended the season in 16th position, with 8 points (1win in 30 games). Maccabi FC gained promotion to the NFD via the playoffs after beating TS Sporting.
Has a former NFD campaigners Magesi FC. As well as a development team of PSL regulars Polokwane City FC.
TS Sporting gained promotion to the NFD after losing out to eventual winners Maccabi.TS Galaxy has also moved into NFD by purchasing the franchise of Cape Town All Stars.
WESTERN CAPE REGION
Has a development team of former PSL and current NFD campaigners Ajax Cape Town. And another former PSL and NFD contender Santos. As well as a constant ABC playoff representative of the Western Cape Region Steenberg United. Former Bafana striker George Dearnley and his team will also be participating after finishing 2nd in the league last season.
So it will be eager to see who will fill those 9 spots for the playoffs out of the 144 teams. The season is sure to be an interesting one. Playoffs will be held in the Western Cape.
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