Mkhondo Local Municipality has been chosen as hosts of the 2019 Gert Sibande Promotional Playoffs to be held on Sunday 09 June 2019. The small rural town will be hosting the promotional playoffs for the 2nd time in five years, the last time being the year 2015 which were won by Young Highlanders FC defeating Flying Stars FC 4-2 on penalties.
The office of the Gert Sibande Football Association together with Gert Sibande District Municipality issued a notice for a plenary meeting to be held on 04 June 2019 at Mkhondo Town Hall. The district municipality began sponsoring the LFAs Promotional playoffs with 2015 games which were, ironically hosted by Mkhondo. The relationship has been going strong ever since, to the benefit of young people who love playing the beautiful game in all the seven (7) local municipalities of the region.
The games were originally set to play at AJ Swanepoel Stadium, Ermelo on 01 June 2019 but were changed to Mkhondo due to the support that football has been getting in the area. The date was moved because Msukaligwa Local Football Association representative club is not yet known. All the other six (6) LFAs have submitted their clubs that will participate at the playoffs. There will be eight teams participating in total but only four (4) will be promoted to stream A&B of the Gert Sibande Region SAB League.
The stream A teams will come from Pixley ka Isaka Seme LFA, Lekwa LFA, Govan Mbeki LFA and Dipaliseng LFA. The stream B teams will come from Chief Albert Luthuli LFA, Msukaligwa LFA and Mkhondo LFA. Mkhondo LFA will provide two teams at this year’s playoffs as per rotational rules set by the Gert Sibande FA. The rotation system between the three (3) LFAs began at Chief Albert Luthuli in 2017 then followed by Msukaligwa in 2018.
The teams will be grouped according to their streams with each group having four (4) teams each playing a knockout format. The winners of the semi finals in each group automatically qualifies for the SAB League. The winner in each group will meet in the final to determine the overall winner of the Gert Sibande Promotional League. A total of seven matches will be played with the main final set to take place at Mandla Magudulela Stadium in Thandukukhanya, eMkhondo. The clubs that will participate at this year’s Gert Sibande Promotional Playoffs are the following:
1. Khari Khafu FC from Dipaliseng Local Municipality
2. Friday 13th FC from Govern Mbeki Local Municipality
3. Freelance FC from Lekwa Local Municipality
4. Hunters FC from Pixley ka Isaka Seme Local Municipality
1. Flying Stars Jnr FC from Mkhondo Local Municipality
2. Kunene FC from Mkhondo Local Municipality
3. Barcelona FC from Chief Luthuli Local Municipality
4. Still to be announced