Top six determined to stay in lead

2019-12-11 06:01
D’ General FC defender William Leeuw clears the ball under pressure from Bloemfontein Young Tigers striker James Makoko during the ABC Motsepe League fixture played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo on Saturday (07/12). To see more photos visit the Express-News Facebook page or go to express-news.co.za. Photo: Teboho Setena

D’ General FC defender William Leeuw clears the ball under pressure from Bloemfontein Young Tigers striker James Makoko during the ABC Motsepe League fixture played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo on Saturday (07/12). To see more photos visit the Express-News Facebook page or go to express-news.co.za. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The six top-seeded teams in the Free State’s ABC Motsepe League who have the potential to earn the title are looking for a strong finish in the first round of the competition.

These teams will intensify their ambitions to qualify for the National First Division (NFD) promotion play-offs, to be staged after the competition later in 2020.

The log standings are currently as follows: Mangaung Unite (32), Super Eagles (30), D’ General FC (25), Bloemfontein Young Tigers (24), Central University of Technology (22) and Caledon (21).

They all have their sights on winning the title.

These six teams are completely safe from relegation and have the edge over the other ten clubs faced with the daunting task to avoid the dreaded relegation at the end of the 2019-’20 season.

Newly formed Botshabelo-based outfit D’ General FC have made significant ground in the tough challenge to win the provincial championship.

The team did so by collecting an important six points against four of the five opponents in the race for the championship.

D’ General collected a point in the matches they drew (1 – 1) against Eagles, Mangaung and CUT.

On Saturday (07/12) they recorded a crucial 1 – 0 victory over Tigers in a closely-contested fixture played on their home turf, the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.

The victory saw them leap-frogged to third position, replacing seasoned campaigners Tigers, who have dropped to fourth position.

This was D’ General’s seventh win in the first round of the competition and it was Tigers third defeat, which has disrupted their rhythm.

Tigers were let down by inaccuracy against D’ General, who were more organised.

These top-seeded teams continue their battle to consolidate their respective positions, playing two matches before going into a four-week festive season break.

These matches will see all 16 clubs in the provincial league in action.

The first matches are played today (11/12), with the last one on Saturday (14/12).

Today’s eagerly-awaited fixtures see Bethlehem-based Eagles hosting CUT, and Tigers welcoming another newly formed side, Caledon, in Botshabelo.

The other interesting match today will see giant killers D’ General clash with tricky Qwaqwa-based outfit Small Tigers.

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