Plot thickens in title race

2020-01-22 06:00
Mangaung Unite midfielder Themba Dladla and Bloemfontein Young Tigers forward James Makoko are ready to battle it out when their clubs meet in the ABC Motsepe League’s return fixture on Saturday (25/01). Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite midfielder Themba Dladla and Bloemfontein Young Tigers forward James Makoko are ready to battle it out when their clubs meet in the ABC Motsepe League’s return fixture on Saturday (25/01). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The ABC Motsepe League’s return fixture between two of the city’s rival clubs, Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Mangaung Unite, is expected to produce fireworks.

This intriguing clash is scheduled for Saturday (25/01) at the Clive Solomon Stadium. Kickoff is at 15:00.

The two teams square off in one of the most highly-anticipated local derbies involving clubs campaigning in the Free State stream of the compe­tition. Both sides aim to intensify their title-winning aspirations.

In the first leg of the competition, the Tigers players emerged victorious when they narrowly beat current log leaders Mangaung by 1 – 0.

The latter will be gunning to revenge defeat in the first round of this competition, which is scheduled to end in April.

Since its defeat by Tigers on 5 October last year, Mangaung is yet to lose a game.

On the other hand, the Tigers side is hoping for a double over their home rivals in this supercharged derby.

The Tigers side has lost three games, and a loss to Mangaung will increase the streak to four matches.

Mangaung tops the log with 42 points, while the Tigers side is in third position with just six points ahead of Tigers, who are in third position with 36 points.

Victory for either team will be a huge boost for their appetite to win the provincial championship, which is presently a four-horse race.

The other two teams with a great chance to steal the title are Bethlehem-based Super Eagles and Botshabelo’s D’General FC.

The Eagles side is in second position with 40 points, and D’General in fourth with 31 points.

A defeat or a draw in the fixture between Tigers and Mangaung will benefit fellow contenders, Eagles and D’General, who are eager to capitalise on any blunder.

Should Mangaung draw or lose in the clash against the Tigers, the Eagles will claim the top spot with a victory over Mphatlalatsane FC.

In this case, D’General needs a win against Dikwena United in Saturday’s return match in order to narrow the gap on the three teams ahead.

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