Eagles soar at top of log

2016-09-21 06:00
SUPER EAGLES players (in green) protect the ball as players of the Tshiame All Stars fight for possession during their encounter in the South African Football Association (Safa) Free State ABC Motsepe League at the Bethlehem Showground on Saturday (17/09).    Photo: Tladi Moloi

SUPER EAGLES players (in green) protect the ball as players of the Tshiame All Stars fight for possession during their encounter in the South African Football Association (Safa) Free State ABC Motsepe League at the Bethlehem Showground on Saturday (17/09). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – Super Eagles gave a free soccer lesson to the Tshiame All Stars when they hammered them by 3-0 in the South African Football Association (Safa) Free State ABC Motsepe League encounter at the Bethlehem Showground on Saturday (17/09) afternoon.

Motsamai Moloi, Godfrey Abrahams and Victor Noosi scored the three goals for the home side in the second stanza of the fairly well-attended game.

The much-anticipated Eastern Free State derby started an hour later than the scheduled time of 15:00, with the match officials arriving 40 minutes late.

However, that did not prevent the sparks that had been expected to fly in the derby match, even though the play kicked off at a very slow pace. The teams went into the interval with a 0-0 scoreline.

Two early substitutions by Tsiame in the first half proved costly. That gave Tshegofatso Mashego, the Eagles’ mentor, opportunity to plan a victory over his rival in the dressing room as they only had one substitute left on the bench.

Apparently, former Orlando Pirates player Hleza Mofedi used the same approach of substituting the u.23 players with experienced players in their 1-0 victory against Harmony FC at the Platberg Stadium in Harrismith last week, and it worked for him.

However, Mashego forgot that Eagles were the masters of this Safa Second Division level, as they have campaigned there for more than four seasons. They knew what was required to kill the game.

The results mean the boys in green and white are in the driving seat on the log with six points in two games. They are followed by the Sibanye Golden Stars and the Central University of Technology (CUT), who are second and third, with six and four points respectively.

Meanwhile, Dla2 FC of Qwaqwa tasted their first defeat, losing 2-3 to Golden Stars at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium in Qwaqwa on Saturday.

The National First Division (NFD) relegated outfit of African Warriors came home with a 2-0 victory, playing away against Bloemfontein Celtic.

Dikwena United FC and the Free State Stars Academy came home with a point away from home. They played to a 0-0 and 1-1 draw against Mangaung United and Dinonyana respectively.

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