By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE three weeks-long public servants strike has not only hit the country’s economy and services at schools and hospitals, but the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) has also felt the pinch.
Sasfa, the custodians of schools football in the country is now facing a back-log of school tournaments and they are left with no choice but to juggle between provinces this weekend wherein 77 schools will be involved in provincial eliminations of various competitions simult.
The association’s national co-ordinator, Themba Tshabalala confirmed to www.sports-focus.co.za that they are forced to host four different competitions on Saturday, September 11 in four provinces semulteneously.
“It is a naked truth that the strike by teachers has affected our plans badly, and we are now faced with a bag-log of fixtures which by hook or crook need to be played to finish this weekend. It is going to be a hectic weekend for us as we need to finalise all the outstanding provincial eliminations of these competition so as to pave the way for the national championships to be held in the near future,” pointed out Tshabalala.
Sasfa’s busiest weekend include the provincial finals of the Metropolitan Under-16 Cup in four provinces, Eastern Cape at the Mthatha Rotary stadium, Free state (Flaviuos Makeka FET Sasolburg) Gauteng (Mamelodi’s Mucleuneck Sport-grounds, Limpopo (Seshego Zone 6 Steel Firm).
Apart from Metropolitan Cup, six provinces are to play their MacDonald’s Under 14 Cup on both Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12 respectively.
The Gauteng will host theirs at the Central Gorunds in Mamelodi on Saturday, September 11 with KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape heading for Grosvenor High School and Kimberley Technical High School respectively on the same day. The competition will continue on Sunday with the Eastern Cape gathering at the Jan Smuts Stadium in East London while Limpopo and Western Cape will be heading for Seshego Zone 6′ Steel Firm and CMC Football stadium in Paarl’s New Orleans.
KwaZulu-Natal will be also deciding their Sanlam Kay Motsepe provincial winner at the Ongoye University Stadium on Saturday, September 11.
In another competition, nine schools will represent their provinces at the national championships of the Milo Under-13 Cup scheduled for Nike Stadium in Soweto.