Mangaung prey

2019-11-27 06:01
Mangaung Unite captain Bulelani Nikani will spearhead his team against Super Eagles in the ABC Motsepe League fixture on Saturday (30/11). Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite captain Bulelani Nikani will spearhead his team against Super Eagles in the ABC Motsepe League fixture on Saturday (30/11). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The top-of-the-table ABC Motsepe League clash between Mangaung Unite and Super Eagles in Bloemfontein on Saturday (30/11) is expected to produce fireworks with both sides aiming to intensify their title-winning aspirations. They face off at Clive Solomon Stadium.

Kick-off is at 15:00. A point separates the two top-seeded clubs. The visitors Eagles top with 26 points while the hosts Mangaung are in second place with 25 points.

The Bethlehem-based Eagles are touring Bloemfontein with the chance to open up a four-point lead over the two-time defending champions Mangaung. The hosts look to reclaim the top spot with victory over their tough visitors in Saturday’s pulsating encounter.

The Eagles will look to put Mangaung to the sword having already did so beating three clubs of Mangaung. These are Bloemfontein Young Tigers (2-1), Kovsie (2-1) and Questus (3-0) in league matches played this month. The Bethlehem’s team only draw against a Mangaung-team-based is 1-1 against Botshabelo-based De General FC in October. Both Mangaung and Eagles have each lost one game and won eight of the eleven fixtures played in the first-round of the league competition.

The Eagles will rely on their better strike rate for Saturday’s top of the table encounter against Mangaung. The log leaders the Eagles have scored 23 goals thus far oppose to their opponents 14 goals. Mangaung would hope their captain Bulelani Nikani is super-fit and will lead by example marshalling the backline to thwart strikers of the visitors. Mangaung has a solid defense having conceded mere five goals in all league matches played thus far.

A share of the spoils will be acceptable result by both camps in the eagerly-awaited clash.

The intensifying championship contest saw the Central University of Tech¬nology extend unbeaten record to eleven matches after a 1-1 draw with Kovsie in a derby played last Friday (22/11) in Bloemfontein. CUT boasts 22 points in third position with the change to frog-leap to second position with victory over Dikwena United. This is possible if Mangaung falter against high-flying Eagles.

Botshabelo-based De General and Tigers remain in fourth and fifth positions on 19 points and 18 points, respectively. De General increased tally of goal to 22 with victories over Kovsie and Questus.

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