Clubs tasked to work harder

2018-10-10 06:02
Keketso Thabane of the Bochabela Warriors during the play-offs.Photo: Teboho Setena

Keketso Thabane of the Bochabela Warriors during the play-offs.Photo: Teboho Setena

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The two clubs promoted to the SAB League, Bochabela Warriors and City Sharks, are yet to adjust in the new third-tier division.

They had a rude awa­kening awaiting them as they find clean sheets and goals harder to come by in the more competitive rank.

They had their mixed bag of results in their opening fixtures of the league competition which officially kicked-off on 22 September.

City from Thaba Nchu and Warriors from Bloemfontein were promoted from the Promotion League after winning at the play-offs.

The two newcomers are part of the 16 clubs in the SAB League stream of the Mangaung region played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa).

All clubs in this division play 30 matches, some home and others away.

Although it is early days, City and Warriors have a difficult transition to cope with.

Despite City’s positive start, sharing the spoils in two matches, they could not maintain the record in the third fixture.

The team salvaged two points (a point each) against Mangaung Soccer Centre and Promates before losing the third match, a derby against Kodisang.

City played to a goalless draw against Mangaung and a 1 – 1 draw with Promates before going down to Kodisang by 3 – 1.

The Thaba Nchu-based side has scored two goals thus far.

However, Warriors’ take-off was too rough having lost all three competitive matches against three opponents, Mathaithai, Questus, and Lazio. Warriors lost the opening fixture by 1 – 2 to Botshabelo’s Mathaithai, the second match by 0 – 1 against Questus and went on to lose the third fixture against Lazio by 1 – 2.

The results compel Warriors to double their effort to turn around misfortunes in their forthcoming matches.

Though it is early days it is important for City and Warriors to keep the heart and spirit that saw them win promotion to the upper division in the season of 2017- ’18.

  • Both City and Warriors are equally tasked to work harder to adjust speedily in the third-tier league, which is closer to the National First Division League and the Premier Soccer League. Results 6 October: Mathaithai vs AKJ United 4 – 0; Bloemfontein Celtics vs Mangaung Soccer Centre 2 – 2; Action Spar vs Turf­flowers 2 – 1; Kingston vs Future Stars 3 – 1; Questus vs Young Lions 2 – 0 and Promates vs Young Santos 1 – 1.

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