Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League champions Acornbush United are itching for the Play-offs to start as they have now set their sights on promotion to the National First Division.
After months of great football in Mpumalanga, where they were the only side to win over 20 of their 30 matches in the league, Acornbush now believe they can cap off the year with winning the play-offs.
That will not be easy though, as Mpumalanga’s chances of having a third team in the NFD face strong competition from Super Eagles of Free State, Uthongathi FC from KwaZulu Natal and Northern Cape winners Mainstay United.
Acornbush, who are coached by McDonald Makhubedu, have a different dream to the other teams as they are aiming to prove that their victory over Premier Soccer League side Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup and their loss to Kaizer Chiefs gave them valuable experience to go to the country’s second best football league.
Club CEO Michael Sias said his charges are ready for the play-offs challenge.
“It is endearing for us to be the winners of our league in Mpumalanga. We played the best football against teams that are doing really well. We are now using everything we have to prepare for the play-offs because our ultimate aim is to go to the NFD,” said Sias.
“We will go there with humility but the dream is big. We have shown in the Nedbank Cup that we can compete with the best. We will use that experience we learnt to go far. Our belief is that if we can make it to the NFD, then very soon people will see us in the PSL. The players believe that it is possible. All we are waiting for now is for the play-offs to start,” said the Acornbush CEO.
The side from Mpumalanga beat teams like TS Galaxy, Witbank Citylads and Phiva Young Stars to make it to the play-offs.