Teams battle it out

2015-06-10 06:00
CRUNCH TIME: Coach of Thabong Young Stars, Lefu Mokhethi, leads his charges to plot an upset at the Free State third division league promotion play-offs in Bloemfontein. 
Photo: 
Teboho Setena

CRUNCH TIME: Coach of Thabong Young Stars, Lefu Mokhethi, leads his charges to plot an upset at the Free State third division league promotion play-offs in Bloemfontein. Photo: Teboho Setena

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TENSION is high in the camps of the five Free State amateur football clubs set to compete for promotion into the provincial South African Football Association (Safa) ABC Motsepe League on Saturday (13/06) in Bloemfontein. The eagerly-awaited play-offs are scheduled to commence on Friday (12/06) when four begin their tough battle at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Complex. The opening matches are set to commence at 15:00.

The five teams qualified for the promotional play-offs by winning the third-tier league, Safa South African Breweries League, in their respective regions – Mangaung, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Fezile Dabi, Lejweleputswa and Xhariep.

The five clubs are Thabong Young Stars (Lejweleputswa), Manco Milan (Fezile Dabi), Royal Chiefs (Xha- riep), Dikwena (Thabo Mofutsanyana) and Kingston (Mangaung).

The five clubs will propel their efforts over three days for the two available spots in the Free State stream of the Safa ABC Motsepe League.

The teams will compete on a round-robin basis for the two available spots in the second-tier division of the ABC Motsepe League.

The stakes are high at the play-offs for the players of the five teams as there are some incentives for the best performers during the three days.

Klip Moremi, Safa’s provincial manager, said the winning team would receive a floating trophy and gold medals with the runner-up and third achiever taking home silver and bronze medals. Individual prizes up for grabs include player of the tournament, goal of the tournament, goalkeeper of the tournament and coach of the tournament.

The opening matches on Friday will see Welkom-based Stars battle against Milan with Chiefs taking on Dikwena.

The winners of Friday’s opening matches would have done themselves a big favour in their ambitious challenge for promotion into the ABC Motsepe League.

Victory for each team in the opening fixture would see them intensify the chances to be promoted to the next league.

Each of the five clubs is compelled to win at least three matches and draw one in order to achieve promotion to the second division in which there are exciting prospects to compete for

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