Tsotetsi gets hat-trick at Vodacom play-offs

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The 10 Inland Stream clubs fighting for promotion into the First Division have been divided into two groups, A and B consisting of five teams each, while their eight Coastal Stream counterparts in groups C and D have four teams each.

All the action today involved teams in groups A and B.

In the early game, Free State champions Carara Kicks, who lost only three League games and scored 80 goals in 30 games, thrashed Gauteng runners-up Soweto Panthers 5-0 – with John Tsotetsi claiming a magnificent hat-trick.

In the late morning match, Limpopo’s top team Classic, coached by Joel Mongalo, were held to a 1-1 draw by Mothupi Birds United, who finished their North West League programme in second spot.

In the afternoon, Barberton City, Mpumalanga winners by two points showed who was best as they overcame the North West title holders City of Matlosane 2-1, while Jerry Sikhosana’s M Tigers, the runaway champs of Gauteng were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw by the Dolphins of Limpopo.

Mafube United and Batau FC runners-up up in the Free State and Mpumalanga, respectively, both had byes.

Tomorrow will see the much-anticipated game between Eastern Cape’s Bush Bucks and Rangers of KZN, as well as another seven matches.