Bloemfontein teams still ahead in championship race

2018-03-28 06:00
Mangaung Unite's goalpoacher Thako Theko leaves Bloemfontein Celtic's captain Shadrach Kobeli gasping for air du­ring the ABC Motsepe League fixture on Saturday (24/03). Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite's goalpoacher Thako Theko leaves Bloemfontein Celtic's captain Shadrach Kobeli gasping for air du­ring the ABC Motsepe League fixture on Saturday (24/03). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The fiercely contested race to win the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League looks set to be between two Bloemfontein clubs, Mangaung Unite and Bloemfontein Young Tigers.

They are intact to win the competition played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa).

The two sides tied on 55 points after 25 matches played. Mangaung is at the top due to a superior goal difference (48 goals) while Tigers, breathing heavily down the leader’s neck, have 43 goals.

The two clubs are the hot favourites after they drifted away from fellow contenders Tshiame All Stars, who lost a crucial fixture to Mangaung on Wednesday (21/03).

Mangaung narrowly beat Stars by 2 - 1 in Bloemfontein while Tigers demolished African Warriors by 5 - 1.

The Bloemfontein sides continued their onslaught to intensify their league winning chances on Saturday (24/03).

Mangaung recorded an important 2 - 1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic in a tension-filled derby at the Westdene sport grounds while Tigers saw off Young Masters by 3 - 0, away in Viljoenskroon.

Any slip-up in both Tigers and Mangaung camps in the five remaining important fixtures will be detrimental to their title-winning aspirations.

The two are compelled to avoid repeating a costly mistake of last season when they fell behind in the championship race in their five remaining games.

Their blunder benefited the Bethlehem-based side Super Eagles, who went all the way to achieve promotion to the National First Division League via the national promotion play-offs played under Safa.

Tigers have a must-win game against Stars

They have to win to keep alive their title-winning aspirations.

This pulsating fixture will be played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo.

An unfavourable result for Stars will automatically make the competition a two-horse race between Bloemfontein sides, Tigers and Mangaung.

Such outcome will increase the prospects of a team from Bloemfontein to compete for promotion to the National First Division League at this year’s Safa’s national promotion play-offs to be staged in Limpopo during June or July.

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