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2018-02-28 06:00
Mangaung Unite player Pule Mmodi (right) attempts to dribble the ball away from Wyne Links of Central University of Technology in a league derby played at the CUT Stadium on Saturday (24/02). Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite player Pule Mmodi (right) attempts to dribble the ball away from Wyne Links of Central University of Technology in a league derby played at the CUT Stadium on Saturday (24/02). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League has seen a twist after the matches played on Saturday (24/02) ended with mixed results.

Mangaung Unite jumped ahead of Tshiame All Stars as the latter suffered a shocking defeat.

Mangaung’s 3 – 1 victory over the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), saw them claim the first spot while Stars descended to the second spot following their defeat of 1 – 3 against Days FC.

After the weekend’s results, Mangaung leads the log with 46 points, while Stars lag behind with 43 points.

For the past three weeks, Mangaung and Stars have been tied, with the latter only edging into the lead due to a superior goal difference.

However, their devastating defeat against Days condemned the Harrismith-based Stars to their third loss of the season and a drop to second place.

Until this weekend, Stars remained at the helm of the provincial stream while Mangaung were in second position.

The fight to become the provincial champion has been a four-horse race between Mangaung, Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic (40 points) and Bloemfontein Young Tigers (39 points).

So far, Mangaung have made great strides to claw their way up on the table.

Their current position has intensified their chances to clinch the Free State stream of the competition played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa).

Mangaung climbed to the top of the standings with emphatic wins against Kovsie and CUT. The scores were 4 – 1 and 3 – 1 respectively.

Stars are, however, bound to prove they are worthy title-challengers by ensuring they do not lose their next four games against Celtic, Tigers, CUT and Mangaung.

With things looking favourable for Mangaung, their head coach Queen Modutoane and his technical team have a huge task ahead of them.

They will want to ensure that they accomplish their mission to completely break away from the three other clubs vying for the provincial title.

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