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Darkies aiming for Mvela Golden League 13/05/04
The race for the teams in the Inland First Division is not only to finish in a pole position which is the only ticket to play in the country's top football league, the Castle Premiership but also a fight to play in the first professional first division in South Africa.

The current system of the First Division being divided into a Coastal and an Inland stream is going to be scrapped next
season and Dangerous Darkies are the only team from Mpumalanga province who still have the chance to qualify to play in the new Mvela Golden League next season.

The team is sitting in seventh position on the log, on equal points with Classic and Welkom Stars, while All Nations are only two points adrift of these three teams.

The winner of the stream will be promoted to the Castle Premiership next season, while the next eight teams will join six clubs from the Coastal Stream, as well as the two demoted Premiership sides.

"We are currently seventh on the table and we need to win our last four games to make sure we play in the Mvela Golden League next season," said General Manager Mario Pillay.

Darkies were beaten 4-0 at the weekend by Bloemfontein Celtic, who are sitting at the summit of the Inland First Division, but Mr Pillay said that was a set-back that they want to overcome.

"I must say that we were shocked by the defeat because it came at a time that we thought there was everything for the players to play for after the announcement of the Mvela Golden League," he said.

He also said that the details of the new First Division sponsorship has not yet been announced, but says that everyone will be a winner - from the club owners to the players.

"There is no reason that Mpumalanga will miss the opportunity to play in the new league, it is up to Dangerous Darkies to make sure that the province is part and parcel of the history breaking football sponsorship by finishing in the top eight position," said the excited Mr Pillay.

He said what made the Mvela Golden League unique is that the chairman of Mvela comes from  previously disadvantaged community and that alone will motivate young players that South Africa is full opportunities.

"Football in the country has been sponsored by companies which do not necessarily have football backgrounds, but with
Mvela coming on board, it is a challenge to young football players to make use of the sponsorships like the one from
Mvela to play professional soccer in a lower division," he said

The announcement of who will host the football World Cup in 2010 on the 15th May will be watched in Mpumalanga province by Darkies and all the people of the province.

"We have organised to watch the proceedings from Zurich as a province. People are going to meet as from 9 am at the Kanyamazane Stadium where we are going to play All Nations after the announcement in Zurich.

"The Premier of the province and all the MECs will be there and we have also lined up a number of entertainment and people who will watch the proceedings live from a big screen," he said.

Mr Pillay said that with the work that the SA BID did, there is no way that South Africa will not get the right to host the World Cup because the last time, the country came second and there was no Africa country which came close to our bid on that occassion.

"We at Darkies know what a World Cup being host in South Africa can do to the province, to start with, we have no international stadium in Mpumalanga and with the country hosting the most popular sporting event in the world, we a bound to have a stadium built in the province that will be used as a training ground, if not a match venue. And that will be an asset to the people of the province," said Mr Pillay

He finished by saying that there is no ways that All Nations will come out from the Kanyamazane Stadium with any points in front of the new Premier.

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