Their Mpumalanga Sasol League Provincial Playoffs Finals spot was all but secured when they saw off Francis Ladies ten days ago, while second-placed Flamingo needed to overcome an eight-point deficit to threaten Nkomazi’s provincial playoffs hopes.
For the fourth straight season, Nkomazi will face Coal City Wizards in the provincial playoffs. Wizards wrapped-up the Stream A title last week when they defeated Leandra Ladies 3-0 at Lynville Stadium.
“I would like to thank God for this achievement,” Nkomazi Head Coach Patrick Ngomane said. “We started the season very well and I’m happy that we are having a good conclusion as well. Credit goes to the players and the club’s executive who exhibited strong character to come back and fight once again for the title, still carrying a belief that this time we will reach the Sasol League National Championships for the first time ever.”
Now their main focus is the provincial playoffs which Nkomazi failed to get past in the previous three seasons.
“We will have to sit down and plan for the provincial playoffs so that we perform better than in past seasons,” Ngomane said. “I think we are better prepared for the playoffs than all the past seasons now. Our team of the previous two seasons remains unchanged to this day so all the players know exactly what to expect at the provincial playoffs and we’re ready both physically and mentally.”
The club saw its dreams of reaching the Sasol League National Championships for the first time ever thrashed by Coal City in 2015 when they were beaten 2-0. A humiliating 8-0 defeat to the same opponents followed in 2016.
Last season they were again beaten 2-0 in the provincial playoffs by Coal City who went on to reach the semi-finals in Mossel Bay where Cape Town Roses eliminated them, 4-0.