Plot thickens in title race

2020-01-22 06:00
Mangaung Unite midfield Themba Dladla and Bloemfontein Young Tigers forward James Makoko, are braced to battle again as their clubs meet in the ABC Motsepe League return fixture on Saturday, 25 January. Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite midfield Themba Dladla and Bloemfontein Young Tigers forward James Makoko, are braced to battle again as their clubs meet in the ABC Motsepe League return fixture on Saturday, 25 January. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The ABC Motsepe League 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 January at Clive Solomon Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:00.

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

In the first leg of the competition Tigers emerged victorious, when they narrowly beat current log leaders Mangaung by 1-0. The latter side will be gunning to revenge defeat in the first round of this competition which is scheduled to end during April this year. Mangaung is yet to lose a game since the defeat by Tigers on 5 October last year. On the side, Tigers are hoping for a double over their home rivals in this supercharged derby.

Thus far Tigers have lost three games and a lost to Mangaung will increase the record to four matches.

Mangaung, who are topping the log with 42 points, is just six points adrift Tigers, who are in third position with 36 points. Victory for either team will be a huge boost in their challenge 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 are in second position with 40 points and D’ General in fourth place with 31 points.

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

The Eagles will claim the top spot with victory over Mphatlalatsane FC in case Mangaung draw or lose to Tigers. D’ General need a win against Dikwena United in Saturday’s return match in order to narrow the gap on the three teams ahead of them.

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