United ready to face Eagles

2015-12-02 06:00

BOHLOKONG. – The Super Eagles Football Club (FC) hope to redeem themselves from a weekend shock when they go on a date with Dikwena United FC of Qwaqwa in the South African Football Association’s (Safa) ABC Motsepe League.

This will happen during the Eastern Free State derby on Saturday (05/12) at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium. The kick-off is at 15:00.

The Eagles will enter this encounter with fresh wounds after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Bloemfontein-based Young Tigers in a league encounter that was played in Bethlehem on Saturday (28/11).

The technical team and players of United know exactly that this derby clash will not be as easy, but they are facing the Eagles full of energy after they won their weekend clash away from home.

United have beaten Dinonyana FC 1-0 on Saturday (28/11) at the Zuka Baloyi Stadium in Welkom.

The ability of strikers to score goals will be key to this encounter between Eagles and United, as the coaches of the two teams will be watching the 90 minutes of the game with hawk eyes.

However, the current state of affairs favours the home team, United. They have netted 17 goals in nine league games as compared to 11 of the Eagles.

United also have a better defensive record as compared to the Bethlehem outfit. They have conceded two goals less than Eagles, who are coming into this contest desperate for three points and a clean sheet.

Eagles find themselves in an unfamiliar position on the log table. In the past seasons, they would usually be swimming with the big fishes in the top four, but they are currently lying on position six with 17 points after ten games. They are five points behind the league surprise package of Monaco Millan FC who was promoted this season.

It is an open secret that chopping and changing the coaches could have played a negative role in the performance of the team.

After the resignation of Magababa Manchu, the Eagles appointed their former coach, Bongani “Jomo” Tshabalala, who was kicked out of the team after four or five games. Sipho “Marco” Mkwanazi and Tiisetso “Zidane” Mofokeng were given the responsibility to guide the team while the team search for a new coach.

Meanwhile, the rookies of Dikwena are sitting on position ten, with 12 points after nine games and they will be hoping for three points to better their position on the log table.

United will pin their hopes on the experience of the former national first division (NFD) outfit United FC’s Alfred “Ntlalu” Lekata, Lerato Mofokeng, formerly with African Warriors and Malefetsane “Skito” Rankati, of the relegated Maluti Further Education and Training (FET) College, while Buti Motaung, Thapelo Selepe and Bansile Hlatshwayo will be expected to guide the Eagles to victory.

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