Top teams clash

2019-11-27 06:01
Mangaung Unite’s captain Bulelani Nikani will spearhead his team against the Super Eagles in the ABC Motsepe League fixture on Saturday (30/11).Photo: Teboho Setena

Mangaung Unite’s captain Bulelani Nikani will spearhead his team against the Super Eagles in the ABC Motsepe League fixture on Saturday (30/11).Photo: Teboho Setena

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The top-of-the-table ABC Motsepe League clash between Mangaung Unite and Super Eagles in Bloemfontein on Saturday (30/11) is expected to produce fireworks with both sides aiming to intensify their title-winning aspirations. They face off at the Clive Solomon Stadium at 15:00.

A point separates the two top-seeded clubs, with Eagles on 26 points and the hosts, Mangaung, in second place with 25 points.

The Bethlehem-based Eagles are touring Bloemfontein with the chance to open up a four-point lead over the two-time defending champions Mangaung.

Eagles will look to put Mangaung to the sword having already did so beating three clubs of Mangaung, Bloemfontein Young Tigers (2 – 1), Kovsies (2 – 1) and Questus (3 – 0), in league matches this month. The Bethlehem team’s only draw against a Mangaung based team was against Botshabelo-based De General FC in October, 1 – 1.

Mangaung and Eagles have each lost a game and won 8 of the 11 fixtures played in the first round of the league competition.

The Eagles will rely on their better strike rate for Saturday’s top-of-the-table encounter. The Eagles have scored 23 goals thus far oppose to their opponents’ 14 goals.

Mangaung hope that their captain, Bulelani Nikani, is super fit and will lead by example marshalling the backline to thwart strikers of the visitors. Mangaung has a solid defence having conceded a mere five goals in all league matches played thus far.

The intensifying championship contest saw the Central University of Technology extend its unbeaten record to 11 matches after a 1 – 1 draw with Kovsies in a derby last Friday (22/11) in Bloemfontein. CUT boasts 22 points in third position with the change to be in second position with a victory over Dikwena United. This is possible if Mangaung falter against high-flying Eagles.

De General and Tigers remain in fourth and fifth positions on 19 points and 18 points, respectively.

De General increased its tally of goals to 22 with victories over Kovsie and Questus.

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