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Aces All Set For Record-Breaking Season

If Mpumalanga Black Aces can maintain their current league position then they will set a new record for the highest-ever league finish in the club’s history.

Read: Aces Deny Chiefs

Under Muhsin Ertugral, AmaZayoni have gone from claiming a lower mid-table place last season to almost becoming title contenders in 2015/16.

While a difficult 2016 has seen the club’s chances of winning the Absa Premiership slip away, they are still on track to finish above seventh place, a position that will be the highest since the NSL was founded back in 1985.

Having spent plenty of time in South Africa’s lower leagues over the years, Aces have been playing their football in the top-flight for three seasons in a row, and seem to be building a team that can genuinely start to challenge for silverware.

George and Mario Morfou’s side have never finished higher than seventh in South Africa’s top-flight – a position that was achieved most recently in 2013/14 – though this season find themselves fifth with six games to go and still in with a mathematical, if only slim, chance of winning the title.

Ertugral’s team have lost just one home league game all season having made Mbombela Stadium somewhat of a fortress for themselves, and everyone involved at the club will no doubt be eager to try and push for at least a spot in CAF competition next year.

Even if a CAF spot is not achieved, this season has been an impressive one for both Ertugral and his ranks, and should they set a new club record at the end of it then it would simply prove to be the cherry on top.

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