Woman chases Tigers

2018-04-11 06:03
Sinki Leshabane, Mangaung Unite’s managing director.

Sinki Leshabane, Mangaung Unite’s managing director.

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History beckons for Bloemfontein woman Sinki Leshabane whose football team Mangaung Unite is in pursuit of a milestone to achieve promotion play-offs.

Leshabane’s club is poised to annex the Free State stream of the ABC Motsepe League. She is the only woman whose club is contesting against 15 men-led teams vying to clinch the provincial title.

The winner qualifies automatically for this year’s promotion play-offs of the National First Division League (NFDL).

Leshabane’s team is in fierce contest with man-led club, Bloemfontein Young Tigers, owned by British Khoarai. Both team owners from Bloemfontein have one goal in common – to win the provincial title to qualify for the national promotion play-offs. The play-offs, played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa), will feature the nine provincial winners and will be staged in Polokwane later this year.

Both Leshabane and her male counterpart Khoarai are equally determined to clinch the Free State league stream in their mission to gain promotion to the NFDL.

For Tigers this is a golden opportunity to regain NFDL status having struggled since relegation in 2005-’06.

In a man’s world, Leshabane has stood head and shoulders above her male counterparts, managing to assemble a formidable team with the technical team head coach Queen Modutwane, assistant coach Ndopa Malakoane and goalkeeper coach Kgomotso Mofokeng.

Her team has done exceptional having managed to see off 14 man-led clubs in this hotly contested provincial league championship race.

Leshabane has Khoarai’s team Tigers as the only obstacle in her path to the glaring spotlight of superstardom to the NFDL.

She would become the first woman in the Free State to achieve the milestone if her team qualify for promotion play-offs and get promoted to the NFDL.

Leshabane’s team has three remaining games to achieve the unthinkable of having her team qualify for the national promotion play-offs.

Mangaung’s remaining fixtures are against Harmony on Saturday (14/04) in Bloemfontein, Dla2 (21 April) in Qwaqwa and Kingston (28 April) in Bloemfontein.

Tigers’ three remaining matches are against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday (14/04) in Botshabelo, Days FC (21 April) in Welkom and Dikwena United (28 April) in Botshabelo.

Tigers and Mangaung are tied on points with 61 each.

However, the latter is at the top due to the superior goal tally of 55 off 48 goals.

They are the only two clubs in pole finish having both seen off strong contenders Tshiame All Stars in the fiercely contested Free State championship race. Stars lost their two decisive games to both Mangaung and Tigers by 2 – 1 and 2 – 0 respectively.

With both Tigers and Mangaung as favourites, it is a case of who wants it more between them in their remaining three games.

They are both bound to guard against a slip up and to unleash their very best in the mission to annex the Free State league stream.

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