The SASOL League season will come to an end in Mpumalanga this weekend at Kanyamazane Stadium, Mbombela on Sunday 04 November 2018. The top four (4) clubs from Stream A&B will be involved in positional playoffs to determine the overall winner and final log standing of the combined Mpumalanga SASOL League.
Mpumalanga was divided into two streams of eight (8) teams when the league season began in May. This happened after prolonged discussions about playing in one stream failed to produce consensus between SAFA Mpumalanga and the clubs. The clubs complained about the transport costs due to the travelling distance in a combined league and the non-payment of the R30 000 grant by the association. No agreement was reached to play in a combined leading to a two stream league which started a month later than originally scheduled.
The most anticipated match is Coal City Wizards FC vs Nkomazi Ladies FC. The winner of this match will not only claim position one but will qualify for the new Women Premier League set to begin in April 2019.
This weekend the teams will battle it out at the playoffs to determine which clubs finish in the top 8 of Mpumalanga SASOL League. Four matches will be played beginning as early as 8am with the teams that finished in position 4 in their respective streams. Leandra Ladies FC from the Gert Sibande Region will play against Ehlanzeni’s Flamingo FC in the first match with the victor finishing in position 7. Next up will be battle for position 5&6 between another Gert Sibande team Losta Stars Ladies FC from Mkhondo playing against TK Stars Ladies FC at 10am. Two Touch FC lost three (3) points for refusing to play a match against Losta Stars Ladies FC (09/09/2018) but still managed to hold on to position two in stream A. The club lost the three points after the disciplinary committee of the league ruled against their refusal to play a match away to Losta Stars Ladies FC in September. The KwaMhlanga based side will play against Butterfly Ladies FC from Ehlanzeni Region in the third match at 12pm.
The most anticipated match Coal City Wizards FC from eMalahleni in Nkangala Region and Nkomazi Ladies FC from Nkomazi at Ehlanzeni Region. The winner of this match will not only claim position one but will qualify for the new Women Premier League set to begin in April 2019. The Women Professional League is planned for next year by the South African Football Association but it is not yet clear on the number of teams that will form part of the inaugural league.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) is faced with a dilemma in choosing the rest of the clubs to be included in the first ever professional women league.
What is clear though is that all the 9 provincial champions of 2018 will form part of the new professional league for women in South Africa. The South African Football Association (SAFA) is faced with a dilemma in choosing the rest of the clubs to be included in the first ever professional women league. There has been suggestions of automatically including teams aligned with the men PSL teams like Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC and others but that suggestion has been shot down by clubs who have been playing women football all these years. The seasoned clubs feel that it is unfair to give those PSL clubs automatic qualification to the professional league when they have not participated in any Regional or Provincial League in all these years without a professional women league.