Two clubs drift away from pack

2018-02-21 06:02
Kovsie duo Gauta Mokati and Siphelele Ngwenya (in the white) battle for the ball with Lefu Nkone of Mangaung Unite in a derby the latter team won by 4 – 1 at the Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday (17/02).        Photo: Teboho Setena

Kovsie duo Gauta Mokati and Siphelele Ngwenya (in the white) battle for the ball with Lefu Nkone of Mangaung Unite in a derby the latter team won by 4 – 1 at the Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday (17/02). Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Free State stream of the Safa and ABC Motsepe League championship looks certain to be a two-horse race between Mangaung Unite and Tshiame All Stars.

The two clubs are tied on 43 points and separated by goal difference at the helm of the table. Stars has a superior goal tally of 39 and Mangaung are second on 38 goals.

They have drifted away from other challengers, Bloemfontein Young Tigers in third place and Bloemfontein Celtic in fourth position, both on 33 points.

The two top-seeded clubs have each lost two games and drawn four of the 19 games they have played.

However, Mangaung have made significant strides to close in on Stars, who had been riding the crest of the wave since the start of the league in September.

Tigers and Celtic are dark horses in the fiercely contested promotion race, which will see the winner go through to the national promotion play-offs – the entry into the National First Division League.

The plot for the champion title thickens, as things stand, and it could benefit either of the two top teams which are favourites to clinch the crown. Stars would have to travel from Harrismith to Bloemfontein to play four tough games, against the Central University of Technology, Mangaung, Tigers and Celtic in March.

The four fixtures are key to Stars’ aspirations to win the Free State stream of the second-tier division and qualify for the promotional play-offs later this year.

Equally so, Mangaung have their tough task in derbies against Tigers, Celtic, Kingston and CUT – a derby they will play Saturday (24/02) in Bloemfontein.

The derbies is the hurdle that Mangaung’s coach, Queen Modutoane, and his lads are compelled to cross to attain their dream.

Mangaung hammered Kovsie by 4 – 1 in a derby played at the Clive Solomon Stadium on Saturday (17/02).

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