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2019-09-18 06:02
Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ forward Pule Motsetse (white) with Obakeng Seekoei of Kovsie in tight battle for the ball during the Nedbank Cup preliminary elimination outing played at the University of the Free State on Saturday (14/09). Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ forward Pule Motsetse (white) with Obakeng Seekoei of Kovsie in tight battle for the ball during the Nedbank Cup preliminary elimination outing played at the University of the Free State on Saturday (14/09). Photo: Teboho Setena

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Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ history to become the Free State team to reach the last-32 stage of the Nedbank Cup tournament failed to repeat itself. This followed their elimination by Kovsie, 5-4 in the preliminary knockout of the competition last Saturday (14/09). The fixture which was a derby took place at the University of the Free State campus in Bloemfontein.

The winner was decided via penalties after the two sides failed to score in 90-minutes regulation time of the match. According to the rules of the competition, penalty shootouts apply in all matches where clubs failed to produce a winner in regulation time.

Tigers hold the record of the most successful team in the lower division in the province to qualify for the last-32 group stage of this lucrative competition which is played across all football divisions in South Africa. Owned by British Khoarai, the team also reached the

last-32 group stage of the tournament in 2018.

Tigers previous last-32 group qualifier were in 1998 under Bobsave SuperBowl, in 2006 in the Absa Cup and 2008 under the current sponsor.

Kovsie will play another local side Questas in quest to secure a slot in the last-32 group of the competition. Another derby will see Mangaung Unite square off Central University of Technology (CUT). These knockout fixtures will take place at CUT sport complex in Bloemfontein. Kick-off is at 10:00. The two winners in this group will face off in another elimination match at 15:00 on Saturday (21/09).

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