Seven teams flex league muscles

2017-03-08 06:05

The Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League has become a seven-horse race after league matches played last weekend.

The seven teams with the potential of snatching the Free State title are current leaders Super Eagles (46 points), Harmony (42 points), Bubchu United (41 points), Mangaung Unite stet (40 points), Tshiame All Stars (39 points), Bloemfontein Young Tigers (38 points) and Dikwena United (37 points).

The hotly contested title has seen no less than five clubs exchanging the baton as they fail to tighten the grip at the helm.

This scenario continued after a series of fixtures played over the weekend, as some teams dropped the maximum points and others consolidated their standing by winning.

These matches include an intriguing derby between the Central University of Technology and Tigers, as well as a top-of-the-table clash between Bubchu and Eagles.

The derby saw CUT, not in the title race, giving Tigers their third successive defeat, winning 2-0. Tigers also lost the derbies against Bubchu (2-3) and Mangaung Unite (0-1).

Bethlehem-based Eagles emerged victorious in their top-of-the-table clash against Bubchu, winning by 3-2. The emphatic win saw Eagles open a gap of four points at the helm of the log.

Inspired by the results, the leaders will look to consolidate their four point lead with a win over tough opponents Dikwena.

Mangaung will hope to continue their steady rise when they face off against Stars at the Clive Solomon Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:00.

Another pulsating league championship contest will see Tigers battle it out against Harmony in Welkom. Victory will see the winner remain intact in the fiercely contested championship. Both Tigers and Harmony are eager to make up for devastating 0-2 and 1-2 defeats against respectively CUT and Dikwena in last weekend’s fixtures.

Bubchu will travel to Welkom to meet relegation-threatened side Dinonyana. Kick-off is at 15:00.

The Bloemfontein outfit has to win to remain in the race.

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