Fever builds for derby action

2019-02-27 06:01
Mangaung Unite defender Lusanda Shezi (right) challenges Kovsies midfielder Katleho Neels for the ball during a return derby of the ABC Motsepe League.Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite defender Lusanda Shezi (right) challenges Kovsies midfielder Katleho Neels for the ball during a return derby of the ABC Motsepe League.Photo: Teboho Setena

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Football derby fever grips the city of Bloemfontein as six local teams campaigning in the Free State’s ABC Motsepe League are gearing up to face off this weekend.

These teams are Mangaung Unite, Bloemfontein Young Tigers, Kovsies, Central University of Technology (CUT), Knowledge Glen and Bloemfontein Celtic.

They will square off in return matches of the competition. After these matches the teams will be left with eight games to play to complete the season.

The clear pick is the derby between Glen and current log leaders Mangaung, who remain unbeaten in the league competition.

It is eagerly awaited, given that Glen are looking for sweet revenge after a 1 – 3 loss in the first leg, and are hoping to end their opponents’ unbeaten record.

The fixture is pencilled in for today (27/02) in Glen.

Kick-off is at 16:00.

The second derby will see CUT host Celtic on Friday (01/03).

Kick-off is at 17:00.

In the first leg of the competition, Celtic and CUT shared the spoils after they drew 2 – 2.

The third derby will witness Tigers tackling Kovsies, the University of the Free State’s (UFS) team, at the Bloemfontein campus on Saturday (02/03).

Kick-off is set for 15:00.

Tigers would want to again stamp their authority, having won by 2 – 0 in the previous encounter against Kovsies, while the univer­sity’s team would be eyeing revenge to settle the score.

Kovsies are under pressure to turn misfortune around after their 1 – 3 loss to log leaders Mangaung on the weekend. The university side was too erratic against on-form Mangaung.

The UFS side is as des­perate for maximum points as CUT and Glen, who are in the danger zone due to lacklustre form.

The three clubs are hovering in the bottom half of the league and are battling to avoid the dreaded relegation alongside Free State Stars, Mphatlalatsane United, Dikwena and Dla2.

The grudge derby contests have seen Mangaung claim the bragging rights, having collected important points against the opposition. They are followed by Tigers.

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