Bfn arch-rivals battle it out

2018-04-25 06:02
Bloemfontein Young Tigers cum-midfielder, Pule Motsetse.

Bloemfontein Young Tigers cum-midfielder, Pule Motsetse.

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For two of the city’s teams, Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Mangaung Unite, the greatest day in the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League will take place on Sunday (29/04).

Tigers will face Dikwena United in the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium, while log-leaders Mangaung will clash with Kingston in Bloemfontein.

One of the city’s two clubs will be crowned as the 2017-’18 provincial champion after Sunday’s all-important games.

The winning team will automatically qualify for this season’s promotion play-offs for the Natio­nal First Division League.

The play-offs will be held in Polokwane in June.

According to Moremi Klip, the South African Football Association’s (Safa) provincial executive officer, Safa decided that all teams in the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League – Tigers and Mangaung included – must play their final matches on Sunday, instead of Saturday as expected.

All fixtures will start simultaneously at 15:00.

According to Klip, Safa’s decision was due to the federation’s congress taking place on Saturday (28/04).

Moremi Klip, Safa’s provincial executive officer, says the federation’s provincial executive committee made the decision that all 16 Free State clubs play their final fixtures of the season this Sunday instead on Saturday as expected. Klip says the decision was made to enable the federation to deploy members and officials to all crucial matches.

This would have prevented the body from deploying officials and members to all crucial matches.

In addition, the federation has requested that clubs make the necessary stadium arrangements and inform the nearest police stations. as per requirement and are also arrange security for control purposes.

Klip says all the matches, not just those of Tigers and Mangaung, are crucial.

Other clubs are Other critical fixtures are those involving clubs in the fighting to finish in the top eight, thereby qualifying for better prize money. Some are also fighting to escape relegation. as well as those in the relegation zone.

The fixtures involve the Central University of Technology (CUT) against Sibanye Golden Stars, Free State Stars against Young Masters and Kovsie against Days FC.

“The Safa disciplinary committee will still decide on an appeal by Dla2, and also on three cases against Young Masters for the late arrival at the fixtures. If Masters are found guilty and are expelled from the league, points will be deducted from all teams that won against Masters,” Klip says.

“This will result in the league having 15 clubs instead of 16. Therefore, teams in the 14th and 15th positions will be relegated.

“Another factor that could influence the outcome is if Dla2 wins the appeal, and is rewarded points,” Klip says.

Tied on 67 points at the helm of the log, Tigers and Mangaung are destined for a photo finish.

However, Mangaung’s superior goal tally of 65 places them in the lead – ten goals more than Tigers’ 54. second placed Tigers who have scored 54 goals.

Tigers will need to score no less than 15 goals against Dikwena on Sunday to take the lead. The latter goes into Sunday’s outing needing to score no less than.Tigers can achieve this mammoth assignment in the event Mangaung would falter in their equally important fixture against Lijabatho.

Mangaung will also have to bring its best to beat Kingston.

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