Thriller anticipated

2017-08-23 06:01
Kovsie striker Zukiel Moeza attempts to block the ball during a quarterfinal match of the Bloemfontein Local Football Association tournament’s first leg played on Saturday (19/08). Photo: Teboho Setena

Kovsie striker Zukiel Moeza attempts to block the ball during a quarterfinal match of the Bloemfontein Local Football Association tournament’s first leg played on Saturday (19/08). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Bloemfontein Local Football Association’s (BLFA) preparatory tournament for the ABC Motsepe League is set for a thriller ending with three experienced clubs likely to meet in the final.

The three teams, Mangaung Unite, Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Bloemfontein Celtic, have secured their spots in the semi-final.

New arrivals Kingston also made it, as fellow new kid, Kovsies, fell by the wayside.

The first semi-final will see Tigers face off against Kingston, with Celtic taking on Mangaung in the other semi-final match.

Kingston finished top in group B on four points following a 1-0 win over Mangaung and a 0-0 draw against the Central University of Technology (CUT).

Tigers and Celtic were tied on four points after both beat inexperienced Kovsies with 3-0 in the group stage matches.

Celtic and Tigers’ encounter in the group stage failed to produce any goals.

Kovsies, the University of the Free State men’s side, was promoted to the second-tier division after winning third-division play-offs.

Kingston purchased the franchise of Hunters FC. The two newcomers in the second tier put their players to the test in this tournament.

Seasoned campaigners Celtic, Tigers, Mangaung and CUT gave new enlisted players a chance to prove themselves while ensuring cohesion in their respective clubs.

Played on a round robin basis, the seven-team competition’s objective is to further sharpen clubs in the ABC Motsepe League for when the season starts early in September.

The start of the 2017-’18 season will see seven opposing teams from Mangaung challenging each other to win the Free State stream.

  • Kovsies and CUT will compete for fourth position, while the semi-final losers will compete for a bronze medal. The winner will get a gold medal plus a floating trophy, while the losers will receive a silver medal in the final. The tournament matches are scheduled to kick-off at 10:00 on Saturday (26/08), with Kovsies and CUT in action at the Mangaung Sport Centre in Bloemfontein.

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