Mangaung aims for higher goal

2019-04-10 06:01
Mangaung Unite captain, Bulelani Nikani.Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite captain, Bulelani Nikani.Photo: Teboho Setena

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Mangaung Unite has won the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League with three more matches still to be played before the official end of the 2018-’19 season.The competition, which semi-professional will officially end on 27 April and Mangaung will be home to celebrate success.

Mangaung completed its mission after narrowly beating Mphatlalatsane United by 1 – 0 in a return fixture played in Bloemfontein on Saturday (06/04).

The result meant the reigning champions left it to 15 counterparts to scramble for left-overs. The teams to get better of these are Bloemfontein Young Tigers look set to claim the second spot yet again, while the two Welkom-based clubs, Harmony and Sibanye Golden Stars, are likely to settle for third and fourth place, respectively.

Teams will fight to secure their status in the hope of improving in the 2019-’20 season.

The teams rooted at the bottom of the log – United, Kovsie, Free State Stars, Knowledge Glen and Dikwena – will have to pull all the stops to avoid the very real danger of relegation.

Mangaung will utilise the three remaining fixtures as part of the preparation programme for its much bigger assignment – gaining promotion to the National First Division League (NFDL).

The promotion play-offs will be held in the Western Cape.

This Bloemfontein-based outfit will be one of the nine clubs to compete for two available spots in the NFDL, the second-highest professional football rank in South Africa.

Mangaung’s dream of achieving professional status is in the hands of coach Morena Ramorebodi and the players led by captain Bulelani Nikani.

Nikani and teammates Theko Thako and Dikotsi Mabeleng were part of the squad that lost in the semi-final of the 2017-’18 promotion play-offs in Limpopo.

Last year, the Mangaung Unite side was led by Queen Modutoane, who has since rejoined the Kovsie side. He guided this team – the team he guided to the ABC Motsepe League from the third-tier rank – SAB League.

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