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Mvela League set for playoffs 30/08/04
Playoffs will be used to decide the promotion to and relegation from the Mvela Golden League (MGL) at the end of the season.

Although the idea of playoffs was welcomed by most club bosses, it could become a complicated matter as the National First Division (NFD) is planning to cut the amount of teams in the league to 16 teams for next season, two less that the current 18 clubs in the MGL.

With the winner of the MGL gaining automatic promotion to the Castle Premiership, the runners-up, third and fourth placed finishers will be involved in a playoff with the 15th placed finisher in the Premiership to either gain promotion or stay up in South Africa's top league.

MGL general manager Andrew Dipela explained the playoff as a "simple system".

"It involves four teams," he said. "A draw will make for two semi-final matches, played on a home and away basis.

"The winners will meet in the final and the overall winner is promoted of retains premier status in the case of the 15th place finisher.

"Four clubs will be automatically relegated from the Mvela league, while two will be promoted from the lower division."

The introduction of the playoffs is supported by several club bosses, with Dangerous Darkies' general manager Mario Pillay stating: "The move is a milestone towards the improvement of the division, this league is destined to change the face of Soccer African soccer," he is reported as saying in the Sun Sport.

John Ndlovu, MD of Mabopane Young Masters said: "This is a good move. It will motivate clubs to play professional football.

"Moreover, we are excited by the money put on the table as it will relieve us as bosses as our main task will be paying players and to monitor the clubs' day to day running."

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