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Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

The lengthy break imposed on clubs by the Fifa week means there will be no Absa Premiership action for fans to look forward to this weekend.

Local football enthusiasts should not despair, though, as a number of tournaments will keep them entertained.

The yearly Macufe Cup, scheduled for Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday is the pick of the crop among these, as some familiar names will be gracing it.

Interestingly, the event will feature three struggling clubs from the Premiership and the visiting Matlama FC from neighbouring Lesotho.

The local teams are Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ea Lla Koto entertain The Brazilians in the opening match at 9.30am.

The second match will feature Celtic against Matlama FC at 11.30am and the final will take place at 4pm.

Themba Sithole will call the shots at Stars after the team parted company with Owen da Gama on Monday.

The tournament may not be on the official calendar of the Premier Soccer League, but if Sundowns don't lift the cup it will be regarded as a failure because of their status.

Like Downs, Celtic should also be desperate to lift some of the gloom that is hanging over the team after a cheerless start to the season.

Spirits at the Stars camp are somewhat high after beating newcomers Bay United 3-2 on Sunday.

It was Stars' first win of the season after going three matches without a victory.

Trott Moloto's Sundowns were embarrassed in front of their angry supporters when Lamontville Golden Arrows blasted them 4-2 at Super Stadium last Saturday.

Matlama, who finished third in the 16-team Buddie Premier League last season, aren't likely to just add to the numbers in the tournament. Their players are itching for action after Lerotholi Poly Techniques, their opponents in their opening match, failed to honour their opening tie two weeks ago.

Sello Nduna, Celtic's spokesman, said as hosts they were under pressure to win the tournament.

l Premiership champions SuperSport United will also keep themselves busy as they have lined up a tournament against PSL opponents Wits University, Platinum Stars and Moroka Swallows at Milpark Stadium on Sunday.

United take on Stars at 9am and Swallows and Wits play each other afterwards.The final is at 3pm.


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