Three rivals intact in title challenge

2017-12-06 06:00
The Bloemfontein Young Tigers striker Emmanuel Obuobisah (red) shows magic in passing the ball with his left leg, evading Sibanye Golden Stars defender Thabang Matras during their Safa/ABC Motsepe League fixture played at the Botshabelo Stadium on Saturday (02/12). Photo: Teboho Setena

The Bloemfontein Young Tigers striker Emmanuel Obuobisah (red) shows magic in passing the ball with his left leg, evading Sibanye Golden Stars defender Thabang Matras during their Safa/ABC Motsepe League fixture played at the Botshabelo Stadium on Saturday (02/12). Photo: Teboho Setena

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Three Bloemfontein-based rival clubs, Bloemfontein Celtic, Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Mangaung Unite, remain intact in the title challenge for this year’s Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League. As it stands now, it is a four-horse race including outsider Tshiame All Stars, currently leading the log with 29 points from 12 league fixtures played.

The Bloemfontein rivals are trailing by six and four points behind Stars from Harrismith.

The old adversaries have seemed to be on the right track, setting a high standard this season, having burst out of the blocks under their respective new coaches.

Unite are in second position on 25 points, while Tigers and Celtic are third and fourth on 23 points, respectively.

Unite, together with Stars, have lost just once since the start of the league, played under the auspices of the South African Football Association.

Tigers and Celtic have lost three crucial matches. One of their defeats was against high-riding Stars, who boasts a goal tally of 27 in 12 league matches.

Stars hammered Celtic 4 – 0 away from home. The result came just a week after Stars narrowly beat Tigers by 1 – 0 in another pulsating league encounter played in Harrismith.

Unite have since risen to the summit on the back of an impressive unbeaten run which saw them narrow the gap between them and the leaders, Stars.

Last season Tigers and Unite faded at the gate of glory when they lost the challenge to Super Eagles, ultimately gaining promotion to the elite National First Division League via the play-offs.

The Eagles from Bethlehem made a last surge to steal the title race from Unite and Tigers.

Tigers, who have secured a slot in the last-32 of this year’s Nedbank Cup tournament, fought gallantly to beat Sibanye Golden Stars in a tough match played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo on Saturday (02/12). Tigers won by 2 – 1 against the visitors from Welkom.

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