Teams battle it out in last-32 stage

2019-09-18 06:02
Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ forward Pule Motsetse (white shirt) with Oba­keng Seekoei of Kovsies in a tight battle for the ball during the Nedbank Cup preliminary elimination outing played at the University of the Free State on Sa­turday (14/09).Photo: Teboho Setena

Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ forward Pule Motsetse (white shirt) with Oba­keng Seekoei of Kovsies in a tight battle for the ball during the Nedbank Cup preliminary elimination outing played at the University of the Free State on Sa­turday (14/09).Photo: Teboho Setena

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Bloemfontein Young Tigers’ history to become the Free State team to reach the last-32 stage of the Nedbank Cup tournament failed to repeat itself.

This followed their elimination by Kovsies with 5 – 4 in the preliminary knockout of the competition last Saturday (14/09). The fixture, which was a derby, took place at the University of the Free State campus in Bloemfontein.

The winner was decided via penalties after the two sides failed to score in 90-minutes regulation time of the match. According to the rules of the competition, penalty shoot-outs apply in all matches where clubs failed to produce a winner in regulation time.

Tigers hold the record of the most successful team in the lower division in the province to qualify for the last-32 group stage of this lucrative competition which is played across all football divisions in South Africa.

Owned by British Khoarai, the team also reached the last-32 group stage of the tournament in 2018.

Tigers’ previous last-32 group qualifier were in 1998 under Bobsave SuperBowl, in 2006 in the Absa Cup and 2008 under the current sponsor.

Kovsies will play another local side, Questas in quest to secure a slot in the last-32 group of the competition. Another derby will see Mangaung Unite square off Central University of Technology (CUT).

These knockout fixtures will take place at the CUT sport complex in Bloemfontein at 10:00. The two winners in this group will face off in another elimination match at 15:00 on Saturday (21/09).

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