Final stretch ahead

2018-01-24 06:00
Premier Soccer League assistant referee Edward Madidilane watches Katleho Nees (centre) of Tshiame All Stars and Sipho Chalet of Harmony FC chasing the ball during a Safa/ABC Motsepe League tie played at the Zuka Baloyi Stadium in Welkom on Saturday (20/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

Premier Soccer League assistant referee Edward Madidilane watches Katleho Nees (centre) of Tshiame All Stars and Sipho Chalet of Harmony FC chasing the ball during a Safa/ABC Motsepe League tie played at the Zuka Baloyi Stadium in Welkom on Saturday (20/01).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League enters the final stretch leading to the crowning of the champions of the 2017-’18 season.

All 16 clubs in the provincial league completed the first round on Saturday (20/01) with the exception of Bloemfontein Young Tigers, who play their game against Days FC today (24/01) at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo.

The match in question is due to Tigers’ engagement in this year’s Nedbank Cup championship, dubbed David versus Goliath.

The Bloemfontein-based outfit has secured a berth in the last-32 group knockout stage of the prestigious tournament following their sterling form.

Tigers’ engagement in the Nedbank Cup has their focus split in the league and tournament which makes provision for clubs in the amateur and professional rank.

The first segment of the ABC Motsepe League provincial stream ended with the Harri­smith-based side Tshiame All Stars topping on 33 points – two points of second placed Mangaung Unite (31) from Bloemfontein.

Bloemfontein Celtic and Tigers are third and fourth on the ladder, 27 points and 24 points, respectively.

Stars survived a big scare when they drew one – all with Harmony FC in a tough league encounter played at the Zuka Baloyi Stadium in Welkom on Saturday (20/01).

Stars equalised before the referee blew the final whistle to end the titanic contest which attracted about 1 300 spectators.

As Stars dropped points, Mangaung salvaged maximum points, narrowly beating local rivals Kingston by 1 – 0 in a derby played at the Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday too.

Tigers and Celtic suffered setbacks, losing by 2 – 1 to Dikwena and by 2 – 0 to Lijabatho, respectively.

Stars and Mangaung remain the two clubs which have lost two games and boast superior goal advantage – Stars with 31 goals and Mangaung with 26.

Clubs with four losses are Celtic, Tigers, African Warriors and Harmony.

As the league enters the final lap, referees doing duty in top-flight at the Premier Soccer League are assigned to officiate the ABC Motsepe League fixtures by the South African Football Association (Safa).

Local assistant referee Edward Madidilane was assigned as first assistant for the fixture between Harmony and Stars.

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