The SAB U-21 Regional League Provincial Play-offs in Limpopo kick-off this
weekend at the Seshego Stadium in Polokwane.
The play-offs on Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22nd May 2011 are expected to be
action-packed as they are the final decider of the Limpopo regional winners for
promotion into the Second Division next season.
South African Football Association (SAFA) Regions participating in the Limpopo
Play-offs are: Vhembe, Waterberg, Sekhukhune, Capricorn and Mopani.
The Provincial Play-offs serve as a build-up to the SAB U21 Regional League National
Championships scheduled for 20th to 25th June 2011 in Johannesburg, and are
therefore crucial to the players.
Supporting the SAB U21 Regional League Provincial Play-offs in Limpopo is legendary
football personality, Shoes Moshoeu, who will be conducting coaching clinics and
interacting with participants, as well as Sylvester ‘El Professori’ Ndaba. Ndaba is
a qualified SAFA Technical Instructor and is employed by SAB as a National Corporate
Social Investment Specialist. He will offer his expertise to match officials during
the clinics. The development and coaching clinics offer an opportunity for SAB to
assist with the improvement of skills amongst coaches, players and match officials.
“SAB believes that while we are providing all involved with a platform to better
their lives, we also need to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary tools
and skills for a sustainable future in the game and for the development of South
African football,” says Hepsy Mkhungo, SAB’s head of Corporate Social Investment.
Spectators stand to win fantastic prizes during the Play-Off games and will be
entertained by local acts. SAB’s involvement in the third division stems from a
vision the organization and SAFA had to advance the development of football amongst
the youth in South Africa. For more than a decade, the SAB U21 Regional League has
been nurturing talent at grassroots level and providing opportunities for players to
participate in the National Squad, Premier Soccer League (PSL), National First
Division teams and academies. It also provides national and international talent
scouts access to players.
“Sports development amongst our youth is of paramount importance to SAB. It is
driven by a need to provide alternative outlets for young people to manage their
energy thus contributing to a safer environment,” says Mkhungo.
SAFA’s acting CEO Pinky Lehoko says the SAB league plays a vital role in preparing
players for professional football. “We pride ourselves with the SAB league, it is
the biggest league that is played in all the 52 regions of SAFA, and I have no doubt
in my mind that supporters will be treated to the best football this coming weekend
during the Limpopo provincial play offs to be held at the Seshego stadium; matches
of this nature serves as a vital platform for coaches to identify talent; said
The SAB U21 Regional League has produced world class players such as the late Gift
Leremi (Orlando Pirates & Sundowns), striker Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs),
Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates) and Innocent Mdledle (Mamelodi Sundowns), to name but