Team sets sights higher

2019-05-08 06:02
Tankiso Lesia of the Questas side beats Future Stars’ goalkeeper, Lefa Mokhali, to score one of the five goals in the deciding SAB League fixture played at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal on Sunday (05/05).Photo: Teboho Setena

Tankiso Lesia of the Questas side beats Future Stars’ goalkeeper, Lefa Mokhali, to score one of the five goals in the deciding SAB League fixture played at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal on Sunday (05/05).Photo: Teboho Setena

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Questas FC, the champion of the SAB League of the Mangaung Metro region, has only one hurdle left to cross before realising the dream of competing in the upper division.

This Bloemfontein-based outfit was crowned as the champion of the third-tier league after a convincing 5 – 1 win over Future Stars in a fixture played at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal on Sunday (05/05).

In this fiercely contested race for the title, Questas beat hometown rivals, Kingston from Bloemfontein, and Botshabelo counterparts, Lazio and Mathaithai.

For the past three seasons, this newly crowned champion has unsuccessfully been vying for the title, losing to Kingston, the University of the Free State’s Kovsie side and Glen College FC, a team of students studying at the Glen College of Agriculture.

However, this season was a different ball game.

Questas capitalised on the mistakes made by counterparts in crucial matches, claiming the top spot.

Winning the SAB League, which is played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa), has inspired Questas to gain promotion to the second-tier division of the ABC Motsepe League.

To realise this dream of entering the semi-professional rank, Questas must win two matches at the promotion play-offs scheduled to take place in Zastron on Saturday (11/05).

Questas will go up against the Virginia Sports Academy, Bethulie FC and African Warriors for the two available spots in the second-tier division.

The two clubs finishing at the top of the play-offs will automatically be promoted to the upper rank, and will replace the relegated DLA2 FC from Qwaqwa and Glen College. The latter has been tentatively relegated.

Glen’s relegation will be confirmed by the outcome of Mangaung Unite’s efforts at the promotion play-offs set to take place in Cape Town in June.

If Mangaung gains promotion to the National First Division League, Glen will not be demoted.

However, should Mangaung again fail to gain promotion to the professional league, Glen will be relegated.

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