Giant slayer Tigers hit a snag

2018-02-21 06:00

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Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ history of upsetting the big guns failed to repeat itself in the Nedbank Cup last-32 group against National First Division (NFD) side Richards Bay, with Tigers losing by 0 – 5.

Tigers won before in 1998, when they knocked out the former premiership outfit Cape Town Santos by 2 – 1 in this stage of the competition. This happened under erstwhile sponsor Bobsave Super Bowl.

Then in the NFD League, the Bloemfontein side reached the semifinal, but gave away their chance of cup glory when they lost to Kaizer Chiefs.

Tigers, owned by British Khoarai, have made two semifinal appearances in the competition under two different sponsors. The first was in 1998 under Bobsave SuperBowl and in 2006 in the Absa Cup, where they lost to Mamelodi Sundowns 0 – 4. They beat Alexandra United and Blackburn Rovers on the road to the semifinal.

Four years ago, Tigers were unlucky as last-32 losers (on penalties) to NFD side Milano United. In their previous Nedbank Cup appearance in 2008, they were edged out by 4 – 3 in a cup thriller by Matatiel Professionals.

The Tigers’ current coach, Tladi Monnanyane, was tested in the tough fixture that took place on Wednesday (14/02).

“We have worked very hard to reach this milestone and we are eager to compete in this season’s edition of the Nedbank Cup,” said Monnanyane.

Tigers have been one of the great talent producers for South Africa over the years.

The club has been able to nurture aspiring football players into the professional ranks with various successes, the most notable being Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi, who later played in the English Premiership.

Others include Cecil Oerson, Duncan Lechesa, Lehlohonolo Majoro, Patrick Malokase, Mzuvukile Tom and Ditheko Mototo, as well as the late Abram Raselemane.

Formed in 1925, this is one of the oldest clubs in the country still in existence, but it has found top-flight football hard to reach.

Since the team’s relegation at the end of the 2006 season, Tigers are currently campaigning in the Safa and ABC Motsepe League in the Free State.

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