Teams battle cuts

2019-03-13 06:02
Kovsies’ forward Dylan O’Brien battles for the ball with Bloemfontein Young Tigers defender Katlego Nhaba during an ABC Motsepe League fixture played at the University of the Free State on 3 March. Photo: Teboho Setena

Kovsies’ forward Dylan O’Brien battles for the ball with Bloemfontein Young Tigers defender Katlego Nhaba during an ABC Motsepe League fixture played at the University of the Free State on 3 March. Photo: Teboho Setena

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With only seven matches left to wind off the competition, it is crunch time for the 16 teams competing in the ABC Motsepe League.

The clubs are pulling all the stops to claim their stake and secure their status.

The fight has especially intensified among the teams that are desperate to avoid the big cut at the end of the competition.

Free State Stars, Dikwena United FC, Knowledge Glen FC, Mphatlalatsane United FC and DLA2 FC are under immense pressure to avoid the dreaded relegation.

However, it is clear that log leader Mangaung Unite has run away with the title.

This side will possibly use the remaining fixtures to fine-tune for the national promotion playoffs in Cape Town in June.

Still unbeaten in the competition, the defending champion needs just ten points – three wins and a draw – to affirm its championship status in the pro­vince and a place at the promotion playoffs.

Mangaung will head to the playoff with one thing in mind – to make up for the side’s failure at last year’s promotion playoffs in Limpopo.

The reigning champion went on a rampage, demo­lishing relegation-bound Dla2 FC by 6 – 1 in a match played in Bloemfontein on Saturday (09/03).

The victory increased Mangaung’s tally to 61.

Two local teams, Kovsies and Bloemfontein Young Tigers, recorded important wins over Glen and Harmony respectively.

Kovsies beat Glen by 3 – 2, thereby avenging the team’s narrow 0 – 1 loss to Tigers a week ago.

The result improved Kovsies’ position on the log, making relegation easier to avoid.

The University of the Free State’s side has an opportunity to improve its position if it can manage to beat Dla2 in Saturday’s clash.

Tigers beat Harmony by 2 – 0. from the second position on the table, beating the latter 2-0.

This victory propelled Tigers to 49 points on the league table.

However, this side is still 12 points behind Mangaung.

Although the Central University of Technology’s side lost by 0 – 3 to Small Tigers, this side is not faced with the danger of being relegated.

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