This Month we take a look at the Eastern Cape Province, after having its only representative in the National First Division Mtata Bucks relegated to the ABC Motsepe the woes of the province seem to be continuing. This is the province that has produced the likes of Andile Jali, Kermit Erasmus, Daine Klate, Elrio Van Heerden, Bongani Sam just to name a few and having just one team in the professional ranks is a disgrace to a province that has an abundance of talent.
With seven rounds of games played, we look at the teams that are topping the standings and those in the bottom and which side do we think will go all the way and represent Eastern Cape at the playoffs in Cape Town in May
Currently sitting on the summit of the league is Bizana Mpondo Chiefs who are led by former OR Tambo Cosmos captain Motlatsi Hloaysi and is Assisted by well-traveled Asanda Mvalo. They have played seven matches with five wins and have accumulated 16 points.
Tornado FC who are the defending champions are also part of the fold and are amongst the leading pack with the hope of retaining their title. Coach Tshepo Motsonoeng is still at the helm of “Isivunguvungu”. They Currently occupy position four just a point adrift from the log leaders, they have also qualified for the Nedbank Cup last 32. Could their participation in the Cup derail them? We await.
Bush Bucks have made a well-documented return to football, we all know the history of the team that is owned by former SAFA NEC member Sturu Pasiya. He has awakened the sleeping giant of South African football. They are currently sitting at position fourteen with five points. We are waiting with anticipation to see if Sturu Pasiya can rekindle this teams and make a comeback to the elite league.
Newcomers to the league through promotion were Amavarara from Lady Frere and Birmingham City from Iziphunzane in East London.
Amavarara has hit the ground running in the ABC Motsepe League as they are currently sitting on position two same points with Chiefs but have a goal difference of two. Can they maintain this prolific run that they have or is it a matter of a new broom sweeping clean?
Birmingham City on the other side has found life a bit tough, out of seven games they have lost five won one and drew one and are currently sitting at the bottom of the log standings. With a player like Loyiso Simandla who has tasted life in the PSL when he turned out for Baroka FC hopefully, their luck will change in the long run.
League Winners: Tornado
I go for Tornado, they have the experience of winning the league and they have kept the same coach which shows that there a proper plan at the Mdantsane based team. A glimpse of what they are capable of showed last weekend when they qualified for the Nedbank Cup last 32. Being in the Cup could also prove to be an Achilles for them because the further they progress in the Cup that would mean the league might take a knock.