The two associations responsible for league football at Saul Mkhizeville have promised to start with the leaugue programme as soon as possible after delaying for over a month now due to clubs playing random tournaments. They concluded their pre-season tournaments with an entertaining final between Highland Rocks FC vs Flying Stars FC on Sunday 03 November 2019 at Champion Sports Ground, Saul Mkhizeville in Mkhondo. The final of the 'last' tournament before the league was watched by a huge crowd. The match was not only a battle between Old Stand vs New Stand as the two sections of Saul Mkhizeville are known, but it was also between 2018/19 league champions.
The two sides dished good football and healthy entertainment to the big crowd. A total of seven (7) goals were scored leaving the fans wanting more after the final whistle. Flying Stars FC dominated the game evident by the 5-2 win over their cross town rivals. Flying Stars goals were scored by Gatsheni, Gorowa, Jovis with a screamer, and a brace by the speedy Bangara. The two consolation goals for Highland Rocks were scored by Ngoma and Tsebe.
The winners walked away with R5000 cash which will come in handy when the club begin defending their league title. Flying Stars play their league football under Sinethemba Driefontein Promotion League based at New Stand and Highland Rocks FC play under Saul Mkhizeville Promotion League based at Old Stand.
"I want to contribute to the football here. We have a ground that we will like to see hosting local league matches. We organized the tournaments to show local clubs and fans that we can host official games at Champion Ground,"
The clubs are expected to go back to league football and will have to catch up to the other leagues being played in Mkhondo. The Mkhondo Promotion League season opened in August with majority of league matches starting in September except at Saul Mkhizeville where clubs only submitted registration forms over the past weekend. The Sinethemba Drifontein Sub LFA chairperson Mr. MR Dube said they have been struggling to start the league due to the tournaments that have been playing since the start of pre-season in July/August. "The clubs have not been coming to register because they are busy playing these tournaments, this is the 3rd one. The person to blame is the owner of Champion Ground who has been contributing with the entertainment and little cash to the teams. But we have discussed it with him and he agreed that the League should be a priority. He has also asked the association to fixture some of the league games here," he said.
The owner of Champion Ground where the matches have been played is a former player and local legend Mr. Peace Simelane. Contacted about his support for the tournaments stalling the league he said it was not his intention to disrupt the league. "I want to contribute to the football here. We have a ground that we will like to see hosting local league matches. We organized the tournaments to show local clubs and fans that we can host official games at Champion Sports Ground," he said. He also mentioned interesting ideas he had about developing the game and making it more exciting to both teams and the fans alike. "With these tournaments we would like to select local squads that will compete with other areas outside of Saul Mkhizeville to test our players. We can visit each other rotating around Mkhondo and invite scouts to watch local talent," he said. He said they will also ask the associations to allow at least one tournament after the teams have played seven games of league football. The league is expected to begin this coming weekend provided that all registration and players cards have been done.