Battle for title intensifies

2020-01-29 06:02
Bloemfontein Young Tigers keeper Keamogetse Ramorebodi attempts to thwart Mangaung Unite forward Winston Manopolo from scoring during their club’s ABC Motsepe League derby played in the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein, last Saturday (25/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Young Tigers keeper Keamogetse Ramorebodi attempts to thwart Mangaung Unite forward Winston Manopolo from scoring during their club’s ABC Motsepe League derby played in the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein, last 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 who the champions could be.

Mangaung collected maximum points, narrowly beating Tigers by 2 – 1, intensifying the chance to win the title race a third time in a row.

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

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

The result condemned Tigers to their fourth defeat of the season, a setback in their ambitions to challenge for the championship. Realistically Tigers is under immense pressure to fight back to revive the chance to steal the championship.

Mangaung, topping with 45 points, face a stiff contest for the Free State championship from Bethlehem-based Super Eagles, who are in second position on 40 points.

However, the Eagles have one game outstanding against Mphatlalatsane United with a victory enabling them to close in on current leaders.

Both Mangaung and Eagles 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 games 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 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 to finish in third position and the prospect has been bolstered by the unfavourable result for Tigers in the weekend fixture against Mangaung.

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