The Phalaborwa Football Club pulled off one of the most jaw-dropping league title wins in Ba-Phalaborwa soccer history when they won the soccer league on the last day of the season.
From the minute the match started, all the permutations were strongly against Phalaborwa FC getting a win away from home against league runners-up, Predators FC, who had vowed to not lose on home soil.
Among the extraordinary feats Predators needed to do, was win by an 18-goal margin, making it an impossible feat for them.
On top of that, this meant if Phalaborwa were to score a single goal in the match, then Predators would have to score an additional goal on top of the 18 that they initially needed, and that became the tall order when Predators failed to capitalise on chances created.
Phalaborwa FC securely clinched the title with six points ahead of their rivals last weekend in a match that was supposed to be played two weeks ago when they thumped Predators by two goals to nil.
They now await the other regional leagues from Giyani, Tzaneen, Maruleng, and Letaba to finish their last fixtures in order to move on to the provincial play-offs phase where the winner would be promoted to the ABC Motsepe League.
Much of the league season was a two-horse race contested by the two Phalaborwa teams, with the two finishing 7 points ahead of third-placed Majeje United.
Predators FC manager, Edwin Ratlapane, said the final fixture was a very emotional one and he is looking forward to next season where he will stand a chance to win the league.
Kala Manyama, the manager of Phalaborwa FC, told Bulletin that his team was determined from the onset. “We are happy with all our victories, and we are looking forward to see how far we will go during the playoffs,” he said.
“For us to succeed we had to put a team together of very dedicated personnel who made sure our players were on top of their game, and all the work put in has finally paid off.”
Phalaborwa FC have now turned their attention to the mayoral cup which have been resuscitated by the mayor after they had been halted due to the pandemic.
The 2022 Mayor’s Cup Games will consist of netball, women and men football, under/15 football, and football for seniors. All teams within the jurisdiction of Ba-Phalaborwa are invited to participate in these games which are to be started from respective ward levels.
“We are ready for the play-offs in the first week of June and hope to make Phalaborwa proud in our exploits,” concluded Manyama.
According to the municipality, the registration forms may be collected from all the Ward Councillors, and the speaker’s office.
Clubs are advised to hand deliver the completed forms to Sport Arts and Culture office at the Namakgale Memorial Priscint, next to the Namakgale Stadium.
“As we are adjusting to live with the Corona Virus, we need to cautiously move into the new normal life. We ought to bring together our communities through sport in our quest to strengthen the fight against the social ills through sport. Our communities must be united and promote social cohesion with these games. We urge everyone to take this advantage and participate in these games,” said the Mayor, Merriam Malatji.