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Both Promoted Sides To MFC Confirmed

Highbury FC joined Kruger United in the Motsepe Foundation Championship for the 2024/25 campaign after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Njampela FC in the second semi-final clash played at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium in Upington on Friday afternoon.

Highbury drew first blood in the 28th minute via Tsepo Cetywayo’s sweet belter before Tlhalefang Batsi’s thunderous 57th-minute free-kick. Njampela found a consolation late on but it was too little too late as the Eastern Cape side sealed their path into the first division for the 2024/25 term.

In the early afternoon clash, Kruger narrowly saw off Thames FC 1-0 via Fumani Mathabele’s solitary second-half strike.

Thapelo Motlhoko missed perhaps the best chance of the half just 40 seconds in when he failed with the easiest of tap-ins for Kruger.

In the fifth minute, Kruger was again guilty of not taking their chances when Siyabonga Nzuza got on the end of a whipped-in cross but his header glanced off his shoulder and missed the target.

Thames United goalkeeper Clinton Davids almost gifted Kruger the opener in the 18th minute when he cleared a back pass into Motlhoko’s path but recovered well to thwart the opposition striker’s attempted shot at goal.

Zambian attacker Gerald Musonda tried his luck from range in the 33rd minute but got his technique wrong to see his shot over the Kruger crossbar.

Kruger created the better opportunities of the two sides and was unlucky not to break the deadlock as Zitha rattled the crossbar in the 38th minute, as the teams could not be separated at the break, deadlocked at 0-0.

On the hour mark, Thames goalkeeper Davids completely missed a headed shot towards his goal, though he collected it on the second attempt and kept the scores at nil-nil.

Mzwethu Aaron found the back of the net in the 70th minute for Kruger but was adjudged for a foul in the build-up.

Mathabele finally handed Kruger a deservedly lead in the 72nd minute with a well-taken free-kick from outside the box to make it 1-0 for Vusi Mkhatshwa’s side.

It wasn’t to be in the end for Thames, as Kruger held on to seal their Motsepe Foundation Championship welcome for next season.

Kruger, who hail from Mpumalanga topped Group C with four points to qualify for the last four, while Thames FC of the North West narrowly beat 1-0 Mangaung Unite from Free State in Group B.

Highbury and Kruger will now face-off in the ABC Motsepe 2024 decider on Sunday, June 23, at the same venue.

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