THE race for honours in the Safa- NMB SAB League will take a back seat this weekend as all the teams battle it out for a spot in the lucrative Nedbank Cup at the NU2 and NU9 Stadiums.
The 16 teams will begin a knockout competition tomorrow to decide who will advance to the next stage of the Nedbank Cup.
Tomorrow's first-round winners will meet in the quarterfinals at NU2 on Sunday. The semifinals and final will be played in a fortnight.
Log-leaders Subs, who boast a 100% record after eight matches, should have an easy passage to the final. In the first round they have drawn Highland Spurs. Subs won 2-0 when the teams met in a league game two months ago.
The winners will meet either Central Acemates or Tomorrow Stars in the quarterfinals.
Callies, who trail Subs by two points, have drawn Royal Bucks. On current form they should advance to face Lion City.
Lion, who are third on the log, have drawn Showvillage United, whom they beat 2-0 a fortnight ago.
Tomorrow: NU9: 10am, Despatch Pioneers v Sunrise Development; noon, Motherwell Academy v Hotspurs; 2pm, Royal Bucks v Callies; 4pm, Showvillage United v Lion City; NU2: 10am, Central Acemates v Tomorrow Stars; noon, Highland Spurs v Subs; 2pm, Fairview Rovers v Peace United; 4pm, Island City v Camper United.
THE Safa-NMB National Regional Inter-LFA competition for under-13 and under-15 boys and girls, which was washed out last week, will be played at the City Defenders and Dodgers fields in New Brighton this weekend.
The 11 LFAs will play in a round- robin format.
Group A: Nodefa, Nebfa, Penfa
Group B: Zafa, Pefa, Zwifa
Group C: Nafa, Larofa, Mofa
Group D: Pefa, Wafa
Group A: Nebfa, Wafa Pefa
Group B: Nafa, Kuygafa, Zafa
Group C: Larofa, Mofa, Nodefa
Group D: Penfa, Peefa, Zwifa
Group A: Nodefa, Nebfa, Zwifa
Group B: Peefa, Mofa
Group C: Wafa, Penfa, Pefa
Group D: Nafa, Zafa.
Group A: Penfa, Nodefa, Nafa
Group B: Mofa, Zwifa