Club eyes title

2019-03-27 06:00
Mangaung Unite’s midfielder Themba Dladla dribbles the ball away from Bloemfontein Celtic’s Ishmael Ntjoti during the ABC Motsepe League clash played in Bloemfontein on Saturday (23/03).Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite’s midfielder Themba Dladla dribbles the ball away from Bloemfontein Celtic’s Ishmael Ntjoti during the ABC Motsepe League clash played in Bloemfontein on Saturday (23/03).Photo: Teboho Setena

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Mangaung Unite is on the home straight of the Free State ABC Motsepe League, and coach Morena Ramorebodi wants the players to maintain their aggression in their mission to clinch the title.

The club is preparing for the national promotion play-offs to be held in Cape Town in June need for high-level aggression is in line with the club’s preparation for the.

The players have displayed a fighting spirit throughout the competition by winning all 22 of their matches.

Mangaung is the only team of the 16 clubs in the second-tier league yet to lose a match.

Topping the log with 67 points - 12 points clear off, Mangaung needs only seven more points from the five remaining fixtures to clinch the title.

Mangaung’s aggression saw the team overcome local rivals Bloemfontein Celtic in a derby played on Saturday (23/03) at the University of the Free State’s sports complex.

The log leaders beat Celtic by 3 – 1 in this highly anticipated derby fixture return derby fixture which was one of the highly anticipated given the latter team was looking for a sweet revenge.

Ramorebodi’s side-led charges were too aggressive and managed to score a double over their fellow local opponents. In the first leg, Mangaung narrowly beat Celtic by 2 – 1.

Mangaung will aim to wrap up the race to the title with a victory over Mphatlalatsane in the fixture scheduled for 6 April in Bloemfontein.

However, the team must first overcome Small Tigers in the return fixture which will take place in Qwaqwa on Saturday (30/03).

Having lost by 4 – 1 against Mangaung in the first round of the competition in Bloemfontein, the hosts will be looking for sweet revenge.

The race for the second position in the competition is a three-team contest between Bloemfontein Young Tigers, Harmony and Sibanye Golden Stars.

Although both Tigers and Harmony have 55 points on the log, Tigers’ side occupies the second spot with 44 goals to Harmony’s 31.

due to superior goal tally, 44 of Harmony who is in third place on 31 goals. Both Tigers and Harmony have 55 points while Stars’ side is fourth on the log with 50 points.

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (Safa) has decided that all 16 clubs in the ABC Motsepe League will play their remaining fixtures on the same days, starting on Saturday (30/03).

The federation has also decided that all the matches will kick off at 15:00.

This decision has been made to avoid possible match-fixing.

Mangaung is the only team of the 16 clubs in the second-tier league yet to lose a match. Topping the log with 67 points - 12 points clear off, Mangaung needs only seven more points from the five remaining fixtures to clinch the title.

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