League battle continues

2019-10-16 06:03
Bloemfontein Young Tigers defender Themba Tonisi and Kovsie forward Ke’anu Baatjies (red) in tight chase for the ball under the watchful eye of assistant referee Michael Fonoza during the team’s derby of the ABC Motsepe League played at UFS last Saturday (12/10). Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Young Tigers defender Themba Tonisi and Kovsie forward Ke’anu Baatjies (red) in tight chase for the ball under the watchful eye of assistant referee Michael Fonoza during the team’s derby of the ABC Motsepe League played at UFS last Saturday (12/10). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The battle between clubs continues this weekend in the ABC Motsepe League for the Mangaung derbies bragging rights.

The contest involves teams from the Mangaung Metro, Bloemfontein and Botshabelo.

The derbies on Saturday (19/10) will see Bloemfontein Celtic taking on De General at the Westdene sports ground. In the other match Mangaung Unite will take on newcomers Questus at the Clive Solomon Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:00, as with all fixtures sanctioned by the South African Football Association (Safa).

De General and Mangaung, are both searching for their second victories having won one match each in the league competition.

Mangaung’s first win in the derby was by 1 – 0 over Questus with De General defeating Kovsies by 4 – 1 last Wednesday (09/10).

Celtic are hoping to record their first win in the battle for the Mangaung derbies bragging rights against De General (formerly Days FC).

Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ loss in their third league derby against Kovsies with 2 – 0 while De General and the Central University of Technology (CUT) shared the spoils in their derby, drawing 1 – 1 last Saturday (12/10).

Kovsies’ win ended Tigers’ unbeaten run in the three-league competition.

CUT claimed the top spot and Mangaung ascend to second place as Tigers descend to third position from the top of the log. Wins for Mangaung and De General will be on par with Tigers while victories for Celtic and Questus will leave the contest open.

Newly promoted Questus from Bloemfontein are under pressure for victory given they are yet to record a win in their maiden season in the second-tier division.

The best result for them thus far is two draws against African Warriors and Small Tigers, 1 – 1 and 2 – 2, respectively.

The 16 teams in this league have played just four matches with CUT and Super Eagles from Bethlehem being the two teams unbeaten. The two stand a chance to stretch their clean records if they win their games. Eagles host Harmony FC in Bethlehem while CUT visits Caledon in Fouriesburg.

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