Free State teams qualify

2016-10-26 06:00

The Nedbank Cup preliminary elimination rounds for Free State clubs campaigning in the ABC Motsepe League has seen four teams cruising to the next round.

They are: Sibanye Golden Stars ­(Welkom), Super Eagles (Bethlehem), Hunters (Bloemfontein) and Young Tigers (Bloemfontein).

These teams won their knockout fixtures, played recently.

They are set to meet on Saturday (29/10) in Bethlehem, where they will battle it out for a spot in the Free State final of the prestigious competition, which will see football teams across leagues – amateur and professional – competing against one another.

The draw has seen Tigers pitted against local rivals Hunters, with last year’s Free State winner, Golden Stars, taking on the Bethlehem-based Eagles.

The winner will automatically go through to the provincial final to play against the winner of the lower-division Regional League.

The teams compete on a knockout basis and will continue playing on the same format.

The Regional League final is set to be staged on Sunday (30/10) in Reitz.

Klip Moremi, provincial South African Football Association (Safa) manager, says in cases where teams fail to produce a winner in regulation time, the winner will be decided through penalties.

“There will be no extra time in all fixtures of this competition. The same will apply in the provincial final between the winner of the ABC Motsepe League and Regional League,” Moremi said.

The Free State winner will automatically go through to the last 32-leg of the tournament, with the ultimate prize of competing in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.

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