Battle for title intensifies

2020-01-29 06:01
The Bloemfontein Young Tigers keeper, Keamogetse Ramorebodi, attempts to thwart Mangaung Unite forward Winston Manopolo from scoring during the ABC Motsepe League derby played in the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday (25/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

The Bloemfontein Young Tigers keeper, Keamogetse Ramorebodi, attempts to thwart Mangaung Unite forward Winston Manopolo from scoring during the ABC Motsepe League derby played in the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday (25/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The result of the ABC Motsepe League’s return fixture between two of the city’s rival clubs, Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Mangaung Unite, gave an indication of who the champion might be.

Mangaung collected the maximum points, narrowly beating Tigers by 2 – 1 and intensifying its chances of winning the title a third time in a row.

The match which failed to live up to expectationwas played last Saturday (25/01) in the Clive Solomon Stadium.

The outcome saw the Mangaung side revenge its 0 – 1 defeat by Tigers in the first round of the competition in October last year.

The result condemned the Tigers side to its fourth defeat of the season, a setback in the ambitions to challenge for the championship.

Realistically, the Tigers side is under immense pressure to fight back to revive the possibility of claiming the championship title.

Mangaung, topping the log with 45 points, is in a stiff contest for the Free State championship against the Bethlehem-based Super Eagles side, who is in second position with 40 points.

However, the latter still has one game outstanding against Mphatlalatsane United.

A victory in this game will enable Eagles to close in on Mangaung.

Both sides are aiming to intensify their title-winning aspirations in the 12 remaining league fixtures.

The two sides will meet in one of the remaining league fixtures, which is expected to produce the provincial winner.

In the first leg of the competition, the two potential title winners shared the spoils after they drew by 2 – 2 in a match played in Bloemfontein on 30 November last year. Consistency is fundamental for the two clubs’ title-winning aspirations.

The other team needing a miracle to win the Free State championship is Botshabelo’s D’General FC.

The team stands a realistic chance of claiming the third position. Its prospects have been bolstered by Tigers’ loss against Mangaung.

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