All eyes on big Bloemfontein derby

2015-04-30 17:01

BLOEMFONTEIN soccer fans should brace themselves for an interesting battle when Roses United cross swords with Mangaung Unite on Friday (27/03) at the Westdene Sports Grounds, if what team managers from both sides say is anything to go by.

Teboho Mokoena of Mangaung and Fresh Mokhele of Roses were at their boastful best this week saying their teams will win this derby match.

The Sinki Leshabane-owned side defeated Roses 1-0 in their first round ABC Motsepe League meeting and they will be looking to score a brace of wins over their opponent this season.

“It’s going to be a win for us. There is no doubt about it.

“We are determined to register our second victory over Roses this season,” Mokoena told Express.

“It’s not going to be an easy stroll, though. Roses are a good side and so are we.

“Unfortunately they will go home empty-handed on Friday as we want to collect the three points and close the gap between ourselves and the log leaders,” he said.

“It is always an epic Derby battle when we face-off with them. We know what we are up against, what they can do and what we need to do.

“They are very good when they are in possession, but we have a plan up our sleeves for them,” he added.

Mangaung are motivated after coming from behind to register a 4-3 victory over Galaxy FC at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal on Saturday 14 March.

The Clarens side led 2-1 at interval and they extended their lead early in the second half to make the score 3-1. Mangaung, however, responded with three goals and went on to win the match.

“Our boys showed great character to come back. We made some defensive mistakes and we got punished.

“But the guys responded well; we got three great goals, and we were happy to get the win. That was vitally important for us ahead of the derby. So we are going to show the same character against Roses,” said Mokoena.

Roses, on the other hand, come to this game oozing confidence after defeating Harmony Academy 2-1 at the Bronville Stadium in Welkom this past weekend.

“We are unstoppable, we are going to win this game.

“We don’t want to drop any points at this stage of the season. I don’t think any team will stop us.

“So Mangaung must come prepared on Friday,” Mokhele commented.

“We want to reverse the first round result and improve our position on the log. Our main priority is to win the league. We want to play in Division 1 next season,” he said.

There are a few ex-Roses players who now ply their trade at Mangaung.

They will be out to prove something to their former team and some personal rivalries will be doing the rounds between friends.

“It is going to be a fascinating match for the fans. We urge them to come in their numbers to the stadium. They must arrive early as we are expecting a huge crowd,” said Mokhele.

While Mangaung are sitting fourth on the log with 35 points after 19 matches, Roses are perched on second position on the table after collecting 44 points after the same number of matches.

Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00

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