Friday, April 25, 2014

10th Edition of the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup to be launched

This year marks the 10TH anniversary of the under-19 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup and it is to be launched in style on Saturday, 29 April, with reigning champions, Clapham High School taking on 2012 champions the School of Excellence, both from Gauteng, in an exhibition match at Loftus Stadium’ at 6pm.

 The game will precede the Pretoria derby between Sundowns and Supersport United, kick off for that game is 8.15pm. To make the day a memorable one, Sundowns has further offered the first 500 fans, dressed in Sundowns colours that arrive to watch the curtain raiser a free ticket to the later game.  Gates open at 4pm.

The tournament is co-funded by Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation and the Sanlam Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust and managed by the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) and the Department of Basic Education.

The Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup plays an invaluable role in the development of football in South Africa, providing organised, competitive competition for the schools involved. It also, through its prize money, makes a major contribution to community development.

This year, R3,4 million will be paid out to schools, with the proviso that they use the money to fund educational and community projects in their areas that will benefit the wider community on a long term basis.

The prize money increased dramatically five years ago and in that time over R13.6 million has been utilised in this way by the winning teams and this year the winning school at the national finals tournament will walk away with R1 million. The second, third and fourth placed schools will receive R600 000, R500 000 and        R400 000 respectively. The nine provincial winners will each receive R100 000 for their efforts.

The highlight of the 10th anniversary of the tournament is likely to be the on-going rivalry between Clapham High School, the current champions, the School of Excellence and the most successful team in the history of the tournament, Harmony High School from Virginia in the Free State.

The Mamelodi Sundowns Development Academy players are schooled at Clapham, while The School of Excellence is a sports academy that has supplied many players to PSL, First division as well as second and third division clubs over the years.

Mamelodi Sundown’s Percy Tau was part of the Clapham team in 2013 and was named the player of the tournament. He has scored 2 goals for Sundowns this year.
The tournament is named in memory of Kay Motsepe, the mother of prominent businessman Patrice Motsepe. The aim of the tournament is to contribute to the development of South African soccer and to nurture future soccer stars. It strives to unite the country’s youth through the shared love of the game and to promote football excellence.

Sanlam’s sponsorship manager Frank Louw says the company understands the value of development and the opportunity it gives youngsters to achieve what they hope for. “We believe that the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup creates opportunities that have a positive impact on the youth, and that the tournament provides exposure to professional scouts for talented players,” he said.  “Importantly, it also contributes to enhanced learning through improved educational facilities for the benefit of the rest of the pupils in the participating schools and for the benefit of the broader community.”

Kenneth Makhanya, a representative of the Motsepe Foundation and Ubuntu Botho Trusts, said the Motsepe Foundation endorses the objectives and rationale behind the sponsorship. “Our president, Mr Patrice Motsepe, initiated the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Cup in memory of his mother and to recognize the integral role she played in his life – encouraging him through school, then university and helping him through the dark times as well. This is what we want for the South African youth. Sanlam share that vision and it has created an ideal partnership.”

The tournament is organised by the South African Schools Football Association (Safsa). Their president, Mandla Mazibuko, said they are very grateful to Sanlam and Mr. Motsepe for their generosity. “Through this tournament we are able to educate learners through the medium of sport, and to ensure the future of the game,” he said.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Limpopo to host Danone Nations Cup provincial final

The Limpopo Provincial Finals of the under-12 Danone Nations Cup tournament take place at the Seshego Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday 26th April.

A school that has reached this stage of the tournament for the first time is Shesego’s Rev M.P Malatjie Primary School who will be representing the Capricorn District and their coach, Phillip Nkwe, is looking forward to the advantages that playing at home will give his team.

“There will not be any travelling and settling in to worry about,” he said. “With kids this young, travelling often unsettles them as they are in unfamiliar territory.”

Nkwe says preparations for the provincial finals began very early this year and they are putting more time and effort into training. “We have been playing in the Danone Nations Cup for years now and we decided to change strategy to enable us to take the next step forward as we have always been knocked out at cluster level,” he said, “So we have increased our training programme.  Our main focus this year is speed and fitness as I have seen from past experience that we have not matched up to some of the other schools in this regard and this led to our defence struggling, and the attack fails because they lack the stamina.  Getting to this stage of the tournament proves that hard work and believing in your dreams is important.”

There are challenges coaching children at this level admits Nkwe; “Firstly, I still find myself teaching basics to some players because they don’t train while they are on holiday and don’t play for local soccer clubs so they come back rusty and forget the basics. Secondly, I am a teacher first and there are times when I have work commitments and ask the youngsters to train on their own but this hasn’t worked as they are not disciplined enough to manage themselves.   I am now grooming those that I see with leadership qualities to take charge when I am not around.”

Nkwe is a believer in the enormous role of soccer in a child’s development process. “I encourage all our students to participate in a sport,” he said. “It helps them improve their social skills and keeps them healthy and fit,”

He singles out his captain, midfielder Seepe Selemela as a player to watch. “He is skilled, confident, determined and takes instructions well. He always plays to win. He is passionate about the game and wants to become a professional player when he finishes school.”

Nkwe admits to being a soccer fanatic. “I have no formal coaching qualifications but I watch as many games as possible, live and on TV. My knowledge has got me into the provincial finals so I think I am on the right track. I’m looking forward to meeting up with other coaches, we are in a competition but we sometimes share ideas and insights on coaching. At the end of the day the team that will win the provincial final will represent Limpopo, so helping each other out is not a bad thing at all.”
Playing sport is also about making friends and Nkwe encourages his team to be social with other schools. “Just because we are competing against each other it does not mean that we need to be enemies,” he said.

The other five provinces are currently still holding their qualifiers.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Barclays Premier League #YouAreFootball Experiment

The Barclays #YouAreFootball Experiment. For the first time ever, we scientifically compare the passion of fans in the UK and on the other side of the world. It's the fans' unrivalled passion that makes the Barclays Premier League what it is. Using industry-leading data analysts, superfans heart rates are compared during the biggest, most pulse-racing Barclays Premier League clashes of the weekend.

Credo to represent Free State at the Danone Nations Cup National Finals

As Free State champions, Credo Primary School of Sasolburg will be travelling to Reiger Park on 28th June to play in the national finals of the under-12 Danone Nations Cup soccer tournament. The school represented the Fezile Dabi district at the Free State provincial finals at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein and beat Maqheleng Primary School 1-0 in the final to take the title for the first time.

And for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 2000 the coach and manager of the winning team is a female, Mrs Dikeledi Sothwane.  “This win has been long overdue.  After years of participating in this tournament, finally we have achieved our goal and from now on we are expecting only positive results,” she said.

Credo lost 2-0 to Maqheleng when the sides played each other in the league earlier in the day, but that loss didn’t faze the players but rather served as a motivation for when they met again in the final, said Sothwane.

Sothwane believes their win proves that hard work and believing in your dreams does pay off. “I am a proud coach,” she said. “What I introduced this year is daily meetings when I get to evaluate the team’s psychological state and see where their minds are. Coaching is not just about physical training and skills, it’s also about developing players mentally and psychologically which helps build confidence.  ” she said.

Credo’s preparation ahead of the provincial finals consisted of an intensive training programme - training five times a day and playing a friendly game against the school’s under-14 soccer team every Wednesday. “These friendly games improved their level of fitness, plus I wanted the kids to get used to playing against taller opponents,” Sothwane said. “And we will continue to train like this as we build up to the national finals.”

Sothwane identifies 11 year-old attacking midfielder, Itumleng Taute, as a key player in the team.

Itumeleng saw competing against other schools from different regions as a learning experience.  “I saw how other teams approach soccer and this will help me as I know that the level of competition at the national finals will be very different and we need to play even better that we did at the provincials.” 

Itumeleng also plays for a local team, Play United. “We train three times a week and I get the opportunity of being coached by another coach who also teaches me different skills. Both my coaches are important in my life and are helping me develop into a better player,” he said.

He knows that the eventual winners of the national title will be going to Brazil to play in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals. “Brazil has perhaps the highest standard of soccer in the world and has produced famous soccer players,” Itumeleng says. “I want to be there and see how they play soccer first hand.”

Witsieshoek 0 (3) vs Bolokehang 0 (1)
Lestibolo 0 (6) vs Luckhoff 0 (5)
Maqheleng 2 vs Credo 0
Witsieshoek 1 vs Letsibolo 0
Bolokehang 0 (3) vs Luckhoff 0 (1)
Maqheleng 1 (1) vs Witsieshoek 1 (1) (2)
Credo 2 vs Letsibolo 1
Bolokehang 1 (2) vs Maqheleng 1 (1)
Luckhoff 1 (1) vs Witsieshoek 1 (2)
Credo 1 (2) vs Bolokehang 1 (3)
Letsibolo 1 vs Maqheleng 2
Credo 2 vs Luckhoff 1
Bolokehang 1 vs Letsibolo 0
Witsieshoek 0 (2) vs Credo 0 (0)
Luckhoff 0 (4) vs Maqheleng 0 (3)

Final Maqheleng 0 vs Credo 1

Danone Nations Cup South Africa Partners

Enviro Loo donates R130 000 to Childline Gauteng

Enviro Loo, that offers a dry sanitation solution, that is safe, sustainable and cost effective, to both rural and urban areas, has announced that it is donating R130 000 to the Childline Gauteng Sunlight Safe House, to be placed in a trust to pay for tertiary education for children who have been taken in by the organisation.

Lynne Cawood, Director of Childline Gauteng, was delighted with the donation.  “Once the children come into the home we follow their progress into adulthood,” she said. “The establishment of a tertiary education trust will allow us to help our children get a good start into adulthood. They have all gone through much trauma and we want to help them look forward to adulthood with a sense of hope and positive anticipation.”

The Childline Gauteng Sunlight Safe House was established in 1997, under the auspices of Childline Gauteng, in association with the South African Police Service’s Child Protection Unit, the Department of Social Development and the Child Welfare Society, in response to the tragic plight of children who find themselves in unsuitable conditions, or who have to be removed from their families after hours.

The project began with 20 parent couples in the community who were trained to take children into their homes and provide a healing environment until such time as the statutory services were able to place them permanently. The project has expanded and there are currently 60 community Safe Houses situated in and around Johannesburg, Soweto, Kathorus, Tembisa, Sebokeng, Katlehong and Orange Farm. 

The centre has provided care for approximately 7 000 children since the inception of the project.

Enviro Loo Chairman, Allan Cawood, points out that the children have come through the worst of situations and he hopes that through this donation they will be preparing them for what they want to do, whatever that may be.

“We are adults for the greater part of our lives,” he said. “And it‘s important to allow these children to go out and become what they want to become and to love what they do. Our message to the kids is to study hard and prepare themselves for what they will love doing.”

Enviro Loo has been operating since the 1990s providing safe dry sanitation systems for rural and urban areas. 23 million South Africans have limited or no access to adequate sanitation and running water is quick becoming a scarcity in our country. Enviro Loo’s innovative technology provides a permanent and waterless solution at an affordable cost; meeting the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations target of providing access to adequate sanitation at a cost of less than 5 US cents per person.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A number of firsts in the Danone Nations Cup Free State provincial finals

The under-12 Danone Nations Cup Free State Provincials Finals, which take place on 12 April at the Clive Solomon Stadium, Bloemfontein, should prove interesting with a number of schools reaching this stage of the tournament for the first time and Credo Primary School, from Sasolburg, being the first team since the tournament began in 2000 to be coached by a female, Mrs Dikeledi Sothwane.

Credo Primary has been participating in the Danone Nations Cup for a number of years but was always knocked out at the cluster level.  Sothwane credits the win to the new team she has selected and a change in the coaching style.  “This year I have a totally new team and I can see that the boys are driven, dedicated and play soccer with passion."

“Further, this year I decided to involve the kids in the coaching, for example, I get them to help me come up with new warm up exercises and they can decide what they want to work on at each practice session.  I have noticed that they have more interest in the game. So much so that they start training before I even arrive at the training grounds, they are truly dedicated," said Sothwane.

Sothwane began coaching 8 years ago after growing up with an interest in the game. 'Its not difficult being a woman in a man's game," she said. "The male coaches that I have come across actually commend me for taking on such a demanding and stressful job and they see me as a coach regardless of me being female."

Wistieshoek Primary School's, from Phuthaditjhaba, has been participating in the Danone Nations Cup for the past four years and, like Credo, they have qualified for the provincial for the first time. 

Team manager, Zwelibanzi Zimu, is proud of the boys; "It has been our dream to progress further in this tournament and we have achieved this," Zimu said. "I have a strong, experienced team this year and I think they can do exceptionally well and get all the way to the national finals," Zimu said.

Letsibolo Primary School of Wesselsbron is another school playing in the provincial finals for the first time. Their manager, Vilembo Molefi, says reaching this level is a huge achievement for the school and the team. "We hosted the regional finals and the community came in numbers to support our team which helped us win through to the provincials," he said.

Midfielder, Bohlokwa Matsipe, who joined the team this year, is one of Letsibolo’s top players.
"The Danone Nations Cup is a lot of fun,” said Matsipe.  “I have really enjoyed meeting players from other schools.  My game has improved with the new coach.  I train hard every day, listen to instructions and improve wherever I need to improve. My dream is to play professionally so I will continue to play well in every game that I play in so that I can be scouted and go into an academy. I think if Im associated with an academy I will have a better chance of playing soccer for a professional team."

The schools that will compete in the Free State Danone Nations Cup finals are:
• Credo Primary-Fezile Dabi District
Witsieshoek Primary-Thabo Mofutsanyane District
• Letsibolo Primary-Lejweleputswa District
• Bolokehang Intermediate School-Motheo District
• Meqheleng Primary-Thabo Mofutsanyane District

   Luckoff Primary -Xhariep District.

2014 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup to start!

The 2014 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, the biggest under-19 schools soccer tournament in Africa, is about to get under way, with the schools involved vying for some serious prize money.

The tournament is now in its 10th year and the funds that will be allocated to the winning schools at provincial and national level are a whopping R3.4 million. All the prize money must be used to fund projects identified by the school that will enhance their pupils’ learning experience and help the community they are located in. For example, last year’s provincial and national winners, Clapham High school will be spending their R1.1 million winnings on building a multipurpose life skills centre at the school, and on furniture and computers.

Registration for the competition closed at the end of March and the organisers, the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) are busy drawing up the fixtures for the games at cluster level. Once those matches have been played, the winners will go through to regional playoffs, followed by provincial championships, with the top two schools from each province going through to the national championships.

The news is that all the provincial winners from last year have registered, so the big guns are going to be battling it out again this year.

Clapham are the reigning champions and the school to beat, and according to Shawn Bishop from the Mamelodi Sundowns Academy, where the team is involved, soccer fans can expect to be well entertained. “Our under-17 team has been promoted to the under-19 age group and have already started preparing for the tournament.  Again this year our development coaches will be attending as many provincial finals as possible in our continued quest to look for talent.” 

Other schools to watch out for will be Rosina Sedibane, now that SuperSport United is not using the school to educate their development players. Harmony High School from Virginia has been the most successful school in recent years and they will certainly be in the running in the Free State again.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Witbank School progresses in Danone Nations Cup soccer tournament

Johannes Kanada Primary School of Witbank is the Emalahleni sub- regional winners in the Mpumalanga section of the under-12 Danone Nations Cup competition.

The Danone Nations Cup is organised along the lines of local cluster level games, regional playoffs, provincial finals and a national final, with the eventual winners getting to represent South Africa at the Danone Nations Cup world finals, in Brazil later this year.

The Emalahleni sub-regional playoffs were held at Marlin Park Primary School in Witbank. The competing schools were: Robert Carruthers Primary School (Circuit 1), Johannes Kananda Primary School (Circuit 2) and Merlin Park Primary School (Circuit 3).

Johannes Kanada has been participating in the tournament for many years but has never advanced beyond the cluster level before. Their team manager, Kabu Chippa Thebiyane said that after being knocked out again last year during the cluster games they decided to take a stand against this momentum of losing.

“September last year we started a grades v grades soccer tournament within the school that formed part of our trials,” Thebiyane explained. “In December we identified 12 players and they formed the 2014 under-12 team.”

Thebiyane believes the new team is looking good. “They are dedicated to the sport and they have a real passion for it,” he said. “We even trained during school holidays, and the boys had no problem coming in at 9 o’clock in the morning, for them it was great fun.”

Thebiyane said they have made it a tradition, after every training session, to have a discussion with the team. “It’s all about being positive,” he said. “We talk about their favourite players, and about soccer players that come from rural or informal areas that have been successful in the sport. We also tell them about the possibilities of having scouts from soccer academies at the national finals, and that their talent may be spotted.”

The team is coached by Edwin Shoko, who owns a soccer team in the area. “I brought him on board to assist me as I am the only teacher at the school who has an interest in soccer,” Thebiyane said. “He has a great coaching record, and is continuously developing himself in coaching.”

The biggest highlight so far in the tournament was scoring 11 goals in one game. “We are not bragging, but it’s through hard work that we are able to achieve such results,” Thebiyane said.

At the moment they are hard at work preparing for the regional finals. “I have arranged friendly games against local teams. We are wasting no time, the higher we move in this competition the tougher it it’s going to get,” Thebiyane said.

Johannes Kanada now proceed to the regional final which will be played at Victor Khanye School in Delmas on the 10th of May.  The Mpumalanga provincial final will take place at the 17 May at the Embalenhle Stadium, Embalenhle.

Results – round robin format:
Robert Carruthers School 2 vs. Marlin Park 1
Merlin Park 0 vs. Johannes Kananda 5

Johannes Kananda 3 vs. Robert Carruthers 0

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Absa Premiership Match Press Kits Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows 6 April


2013/14 Season

Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows

Harry Gwala Stadium
Sunday 06 April 2014
15h00 kick-off

Match background   

-       KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows will meet in an Absa Premiership derby at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday, 06 April 2014, kick-off at 15h00.

-       Maritzburg ended a winless streak in the league at three games when they claimed a 3-1 victory at SuperSport United in midweek.

-       The KwaZulu-Natal side has claimed 15 points from 12 home matches so far this season.

-       Their next three league opponents are Polokwane City, Orlando Pirates (both away), Ajax Cape Town (home).

-       The Team of Choice is placed 13th on the Absa Premiership log with 27 points from 24 matches.

-       Arrows suffered a sixth successive defeat (and a 12th loss from their last 13 league matches) when they went down 2-0 away to Kaizer Chiefs in midweek.

-       The Durban side has claimed just three points from 11 away matches so far this season.

-       Their next three league opponents are Ajax Cape Town (away), Bloemfontein Celtic (home) and Platinum Stars (away).

-       Abafana Bes’thende are placed 16th on the Absa Premiership log with 13 points from 23 matches.

-       In head-to-head stats, Maritzburg and Arrows have met in 15 league matches since 2005/06.

-       Abafana Bes’thende have nine wins compared to three for the Team of Choice, while three matches have been drawn.

-       Maritzburg have won two of their seven home matches against Arrows, suffering three defeats in the process.

-       When the teams met earlier this season in Durban, Abafana Bes’thende claimed a 2-1 home win thanks to goals from Khuboni and Ntuli.

-       Maritzburg’s line-up from their 3-1 win over SuperSport: Vries, Cloete, M. Booysen, D. Booysen, Evans, Mkhize, Hartog, Isaacks (Awal 70’), Lentjies (Morton 57’), Jayiya, Smeekes (Mandaza 74’).

-       Arrows’ line-up from their 2-0 loss to Chiefs: Bartman, Zwane, Musonda, Nene, Ntombayithethi, Shange (Bester 75’), Sikhakhane, Moholo (Khuboni 78’), Mlotshwa (Ntuli 56’), Mngwengwe, Katongo.
Previous meetings   

Last ten league meetings

Season          Result                                                Scorers

2008/09          Arrows 5-2 Maritzburg         Kola, N. Zothwane, R. Henyekane 2, Musonda; Dhladhla, Tsabedze
2009/10          Arrows 1-1 Maritzburg         R. Henyekane; Obada
2009/10          Maritzburg 1-0 Arrows         Davids
2010/11          Maritzburg 0-3 Arrows         Mlotshwa, Tom, Bilankulu
2010/11          Arrows 3-0 Maritzburg         Mbesuma (pen), Sithole, Manqana
2011/12          Maritzburg 2-0 Arrows         Obada, Lentjies
2011/12          Arrows 4-1 Maritzburg         Nkosi 2, Mbesuma 2; Diouf
2012/13          Arrows 0-1 Maritzburg         Evans
2012/13          Maritzburg 2-2 Arrows         Smeekes, Malajila; Ntuli 2
2013/14          Arrows 2-1 Maritzburg         Khuboni (pen), Ntuli; Nkosi

(League only, since 2005/06)

                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA
Maritzburg     7          2          2          3          7          9
Arrows            8          6          1          1          19        8

                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA
Maritzburg     8          1          1          6          8          19
Arrows            7          3          2          2          9          7

                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA
Maritzburg     15        3          3          9          15        28
Arrows            15        9          3          3          28        15

Fixtures and results

Maritzburg United

2013/14 Absa Premiership results

No       Date                H/A     Opponent      (HT) Result    Goal scorers

1          03/08/13         H         Polokwane    (0-0) W 1-0    Mohammed 68’
2          28/08/13         A         FS Stars         (0-1) L 0-2
3          31/08/13         H         U Pretoria      (0-0) D 0-0
4          14/09/13         A         Chiefs                        (0-1) L 0-2
5          18/09/13         H         Aces               (2-0) W 2-0    Nkosi 4’, M. Booysen 7’
6          21/09/13         A         Swallows       (0-0) D 1-1     Sekotlong 69’
7          23/10/13         H         SuperSport    (0-0) L 0-1
8          27/10/13         A         AmaZulu       (0-0) W 2-0    van Heerden og 47’, Sekotlong 60’
9          03/11/13         A         Celtic              (0-0) D 0-0
10        08/11/13         H         P Stars           (0-1) L 1-2      Sarr og 58’
11        24/11/13         A         Arrows            (0-0) L 1-2      Nkosi 71’
12        27/11/13         H         Pirates            (0-1) L 0-1
13        06/12/13         A         Ajax                (0-2) L 1-3      Buckley 62’
14        16/12/13         H         Wits                (0-1) L 1-3      Sekotlong 82’
15        20/12/13         A         Sundowns    (1-1) D 2-2     Smeekes 35’, M. Booysen 71’
16        05/02/14         A         U Pretoria      (0-1) W 3-2    Lentjies 82’ pen, M. Booysen 85’, Jayiya 90+4’
17        11/02/14         H         Chiefs                        (2-1) D 2-2     De Jongh 2’, Jayiya 35’ pen
18        16/02/14         A         Aces               (1-2) L 1-2      Smeekes 12’
19        28/02/14         H         Swallows       (1-0) W 1-0    Sekotlong 4’
20        11/03/14         H         FS Stars         (2-0) W 3-2    Evans 6’ 21’, Jayiya 71’
21        14/03/14         H         AmaZulu       (1-0) L 1-3      Lentjies 45’ pen
22        19/03/14         H         Celtic              (0-0) D 1-1     Sekotlong 47’
23        29/03/14         A         P Stars           (0-0) L 1-2      Mandaza 65’
24        02/04/14         A         SuperSport    (2-1) W 3-1    Isaacks 22’, D. Booysen 27’, Mandaza 84’

2013/14 Absa Premiership fixtures

No       Date                H/A     Opponent

25        06/04/14         H         Golden Arrows
26        09/04/14         A         Polokwane City
27        15/04/14         A         Orlando Pirates
28        18/04/14         H         Ajax Cape Town
29        26/04/14         A         Bidvest Wits
30        10/05/14         H         Mamelodi Sundowns         

League position – 13th

                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts
Home             12        4          3          5          13        15        -2         15
Away              12        3          3          6          15        19        -4         12
Overall           24        7          6          11        28        34        -6         27

Golden Arrows

2013/14 Absa Premiership results

No       Date                H/A     Opponent      (HT) Result    Goal scorers

1          03/08/13         H         Ajax                (0-0) D 1-1     Wadwaba 48’
2          28/08/13         A         Wits                (0-1) L 0-1
3          31/08/13         H         Sundowns    (0-0) L 0-1
4          15/09/13         A         Polokwane    (0-0) W 2-1    Shange 62’, Khuboni 70’ pen
5          18/09/13         H         FS Stars         (0-1) L 0-1
6          22/09/13         A         U Pretoria      (0-1) L 0-2
7          26/10/13         A         Aces               (0-1) L 0-1
8          06/11/13         H         Swallows       (2-0) W 2-1    Khuboni 13’ pen, Ntuli 19’
9          09/11/13         A         SuperSport    (1-1) L 1-3      Shange 20’
10        24/11/13         H         Maritzburg     (0-0) W 2-1    Khuboni 63’ pen, Ntuli 66’
11        30/11/13         H         P Stars           (1-0) L 1-2      Nene 36’
12        04/12/13         A         Celtic              (0-3) L 0-3
13        16/12/13         H         AmaZulu       (0-3) L 0-3
14        19/12/13         H         Chiefs                        (0-0) L 0-1
15        22/12/13         A         Pirates            (1-2) L 1-3      Sithole 15’
16        05/02/14         A         Sundowns    (0-1) L 0-2
17        08/02/14         H         Polokwane    (2-2) W 3-2    Khuboni 32’ pen 42’ pen, Bester 90+3’
18        15/02/14         A         FS Stars         (0-1) L 1-2      Ntuli 84’
19        01/03/14         H         U Pretoria      (1-1) L 2-4      Ntuli 30’, Khuboni 78’ pen
20        12/03/14         H         Aces               (0-1) L 1-2      Bester 62’
21        18/03/14         A         Swallows       (0-0) L 0-1
22        29/03/14         H         Wits                (0-1) L 0-1
23        02/04/14         A         Chiefs                        (0-0) L 0-2

2013/14 Absa Premiership fixtures

No       Date                H/A     Opponent

-           N/A                 H         SuperSport United – Postponed
25        06/04/14         A         Maritzburg United
26        09/04/14         A         Ajax Cape Town
27        16/04/14         H         Bloemfontein Celtic
28        19/04/14         A         Platinum Stars
29        28/04/14         A         AmaZulu
30        10/05/14         H         Orlando Pirates

League position – 16th

                        P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts
Home             12        3          1          8          12        20        -8         10
Away              11        1          0          10        5          21        -16      3
Overall           23        4          1          18        17        41        -24      13

League standings

Pos     Team                                      P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts

1          Kaizer Chiefs                                    23        16        4          3          36        14        +22     52
2          Mamelodi Sundowns          24        15        4          5          43        24        +19     49
3          Bidvest Wits                          22        12        5          5          28        17        +11     41
4          Orlando Pirates                    23        11        4          8          24        17        +7        37
5          Mpumalanga Black Aces   24        10        7          7          28        25        +3        37
6          Platinum Stars                      24        9          8          7          26        25        +1        35
7          AmaZulu                               25        9          8          8          24        30        -6         35
8          SuperSport United               23        9          7          7          31        27        +4        34
9          Bloemfontein Celtic             24        7          12        5          30        28        +2        33
10        Moroka Swallows                 24        8          6          10        27        30        -3         30
11        University of Pretoria           24        8          4          12        21        23        -2         28
12        Ajax Cape Town                   24        7          7          10        21        27        -6         28
13        Maritzburg United                24        7          6          11        28        34        -6         27
14        Free State Stars                   23        5          6          12        22        34        -12      21
15        Polokwane City                    24        5          5          14        24        34        -10      20
16        Golden Arrows                     23        4          1          18        17        41        -24      13

Round fixtures

Friday 04 April 2014

20h00 – Moroka Swallows v Ajax Cape Town – Dobsonville Stadium

Saturday 05 April 2014

15h00 – SuperSport United v Orlando Pirates – Lucas Moripe Stadium
15h00 – Mpumalanga Black Aces v Bidvest Wits – Mbombela Stadium
18h00 – University of Pretoria v Polokwane City – Tuks Stadium
18h00 – AmaZulu v Free State Stars – Moses Mabhida Stadium
20h15 – Kaizer Chiefs v Mamelodi Sundowns – FNB Stadium

Sunday 06 April 2014

15h00 – Bloemfontein Celtic v Platinum Stars – Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium
15h00 – Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows – Harry Gwala Stadium

Club information

Maritzburg United

Nickname: The Team of Choice
Formed: 1979
Major honours: None
All-time PSL record: (Not including 2013/14 season results)
P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts
312     77        99        136     287     457     -170    330

Golden Arrows

Nickname: Abafana Bes’thende
Formed: 1943
Major honours: Top Eight Cup titles: 1 (2009)
All-time PSL record: (Not including 2013/14 season results)
P         W        D         L          GF       GA      GD      Pts

398     127     118     153     446     474     -28      499