The excitement was palpable inside SAFA House as officials, club representatives and media convened to witness the draw for the 2012 Vodacom League Play-Offs, which takes place in Polokwane from 2-8 July 2012.
The tournament, featuring the winners of each of the nine provincial divisions, will be divided into two groups: The four-team Coastal Stream consist of Western Cape (Milano United), Eastern Cape (Tornado FC), Northern Cape (Morester Jeug) and Kwazulu-Natal (Maritzburg City FC).
The five-team Inland Stream consists of Gauteng (The Vardos FC), North West (Soshanguve Sunshine), Free State (Maluti FET College FC/Roses United FC), Mpumalanga (Batau FC) and Limpopo (Baroka FC). The teams in each group will play each other in a round robin format, scoring three points for a win, one for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners of each group will secure automatic promotion to the National First Division before facing each other in a ‘final’ to determine the champions of the 2012 Vodacom League.
Matches are scheduled to take place at the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex and at the Seshego Stadium.
“The Vodacom League fulfils an integral role in the development process of football in South Africa. It lays a strong foundation for young players to gain guaranteed experience at senior level alongside more seasoned campaigners,” said SAFA president, Kirsten Nematandani.
The Vodacom League contains a special regulation that requires each team to field a minimum of five players under the age of 23 at any time during a match.
Vodacom’s marketing executive manager, Enzo Scarcella said:“The experience accumulated from exposure to the Vodacom League has proved invaluable, as can most recently be evidenced by 2011 champions, Chippa United, who are knocking on the door to the PSL after only one season in the National First Division (NFD).”
“The regular attendance of a vast array of scouts from top clubs clearly indicates the important role this league plays in the development process. Indeed, a significant number of the PSL’s greatest stars paid their dues in the Vodacom League, with some even graduating to perform on the international stage,” said Scarcella.
Vodacom will be staging a series of Road Shows in the lead-up to the play-offs, kicking off on Thursday 28 June at Lebowakgomo Unit F Plaza , where fans can gather between 11h00 and 17h00 to be entertained by DJs and MCs, as well as stand the chance of winning fabulous prizes.