IT IS all systems go for the Safa Eastern Cape Second Division League this weekend after a five-month break.
The third-ranked professional football league in South Africa was scheduled to start in September.
However the kickoff date was postponed twice, which caused frustration among the clubs, whose players were itching to play competitive soccer. The Safa Second Division is hosted by all nine provinces, with 16 teams competing for the provincial championships.
The winning teams will clash for the National First Division promotional playoffs.
Nelson Mandela Bay region is represented by three teams: Highbury (Northern Areas) Real City (Motherwell) and Morning Stars (Kwazakhele) in the Safa Eastern Cape Second Division League.
The teams had been keeping their players fit and focused by arranging friendly matches while Safa officials were unable to announce the exact starting date of the league fixture list.
Safa competition officer Michael Mofokeng said all the provinces would start their 2013-14 league season campaign on Saturday afternoon.
"We had a lot of issues that we needed to sort out first before we [could] resume with the league's new season. We started late this season but we will find a way to [make up for] the time we've lost."
All important decisions on logistical matters concerning the new season had been taken.