Doom and gloom continues

2018-06-13 06:02
Sinki Leshabane (front), Mangaung Unite managing director, with players of the club. From the left are Joseph Potsane, Solomon Mabalang, Kamogelo Shuenyane, Thabo Moleko, Phemelo Phukuntsi and Theko Thako. Photo: Teboho Setena

Sinki Leshabane (front), Mangaung Unite managing director, with players of the club. From the left are Joseph Potsane, Solomon Mabalang, Kamogelo Shuenyane, Thabo Moleko, Phemelo Phukuntsi and Theko Thako. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The era of doom and gloom continues for football in the Free State following Mangaung Unite’s failed bid to get promotion to the National First Division (NFD) League.

Mangaung were eliminated in the semifinal of this year’s ABC Motsepe League national promotional play-offs staged at the Limpopo province’s Turfloop University.

The play-offs took place from 4 to 9 June.

Mangaung’s best was not good enough to realise the dream to get a promotion to the NFD rank to end the Free State’s longstanding era of having no team in this league.

The Bloemfontein side lost by 4 - 5 to Mpumalanga’s TS Sporting in the semifinal after the two teams had failed to produce a winner in regulation time. Had Mangaung won, they would have been promoted to compete in the NFD league in the 2018-’19 season.

However, it was so close, yet so far for Sinki Leshabane’s lads.

The result meant Leshabane could not see completion of her mission to become the first woman in the Free State to lead a football team to the NFD rank.

She only saw a part of the history-making moment, with her team managing to win the provincial stream of the ABC Motsepe League.

The NFD is the second highest in the country, after the Premiership League.

“All is not lost, we are looking on the bright side of what unfolded,” said Leshabane.

“I am proud of the players, they did their best under trying circumstances to prepare for the play-offs.

“The technical team did its best.

“The positive is that this was good exposure for the players to showcase their talent at the play-offs,” said Leshabane.

Mangaung’s failed bid continues a rollercoaster ride of Free State teams’ season ending in a bad run.

The bad luck saw Super Eagles relegated from the NFD to a lower rank. They will again compete in the ABC Motsepe League.

The Eagles from Bethlehem had been promoted to the NFD via the play-offs of the 2016-’17 season, but failed to sustain themselves.

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