Rival teams to battle it out

2019-02-13 06:00
Pule Motsetse, Bloemfontein Young Tigers striker.Photo: Teboho Setena

Pule Motsetse, Bloemfontein Young Tigers striker.Photo: Teboho Setena

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The ABC Motsepe League clash between two of Bloemfontein’s rival clubs, Mangaung Unite and Bloemfontein Young Tigers, has a lot at stake.

The two teams will face each other at the University of the Free State’s sports complex on Saturday (16/02) in a return leg of the competition.

In the first leg, played last year, Mangaung won by 1 – 0.

Saturday’s clash could be a different story, given that Tigers seek revenge.

If the Tigers team manages to turn the tables, it could be the end of Mangaung’s unbeaten record in the competition.

The eagerly-awaited derby is the biggest test yet for Mangaung Unite, who sits comfortably at the top of the table with 53 points.

Another victory for Mangaung Unite could possibly confirm the team as the Free State winners again.

The team also won the provincial championship in the 2017-’18 season.

Following Tigers’ 1 – 0 loss to Sibanye Golden Stars and a two-all draw with Mphatlalatsane United, the team is placed third on the log with 39 points.

Mangaung is 14 points ahead of Tigers as things stand and would to stretch the lead with victory. A win would revive Tigers’ prospects in the championshipare desperate for a win to revive prospects to challenge for the championship and bring sweet-tasting revenge on and revenge defeat in the first round byMangaung.

Such an outcome would see the team finish the season in the top-five bracket in case they fall by the wayside in the championship race.

The rivalry between Mangaung and Tigers has intensified over recent years. and has had fans always brimmed with adrenaline.

In Saturday’s clash, Young Tigers will look to striker Pule Motsetse to turn the team’s fortunes around, while Mangaung Unite will rely on captain Bulelani Nikani to strengthen the defence to avoid any mishap.

  • Kick-off is at 15:00.

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