SemiFinalists Confirmed At ABC Motsepe Playoffs
The four semi-finalists were confirmed on day three of the ABC Motsepe League Playoffs, as the teams continue their fight for promotion to the GladAfrica Championship.
The Western Cape’s Glendene United confirmed their presence in the last four when they beat Mangaung Unite 3-2 in the day’s opening game. Cole Schoeman (son of former Bafana Bafana legend Frank Schoeman) gave Glendene a first half lead before a Therlo Moosa penalty, and another from Schoeman made it three. Joshua Mqitsana pulled one back for the Free Staters, before Bulelani Nikani added another in the last minute, to set up a nervy end to the game.
That result saw Glendene top Group A, while their two late goals saw Mangaung sneak in to the semis as the best second-place finisher, ahead of Group C’s FC Sivutsa and Group B’s Leruma United.
“We managed the game quite well,we started well, better than yesterday, yesterday we conceded in the first 37 seconds, but yesterday the boys showed up,” Glendene coach Bradley August said after the game.
“Mangaung was a very, very tough game today, but I’m so proud of my boys, the way that they fought, and ja, I can’t fault them for commitment. Very proud of my boys, and ja, we go again tomorrow for the semi-finals.”
In the second game of the day Tholo Matuludi gave The Dolphins an early lead, but it was cancelled out by William Radebe, who scored City Rovers’ equaliser from the penalty spot. Simphiwe Ndlovu put Thou Segolela’s team into the lead in the second half, and they held out for a 2-1 win that saw City Rovers qualify from Group C, and at the same time eliminate the Limpopo outfit.
Meanwhile in the final game of the day, it was Hungry Lions who took the early lead against Leruma United, as captain Maedwa Tau converted a first half penalty. But Leruma were level early in the second half, as Khanya Gwala headed in the equaliser. But Lions pounced in stoppage time and Morena Monaheng scored to qualify the Northern Cape side to the semis.
The draw for Thursday’s semi-final took place after the final game, and Glendene United will take on Platinum City Rovers, while Mangaung Unite face Hungry Lions.
Mangaung meet Lions at 11am, while Glendene and City Rovers will kick off at 3pm.
The two finalists will be promoted to the GladAfrica Championship.
Unfortunately for three more regional champions, Leruma, The Dolphins and FC Sivutsa, their exits were confirmed, joining BCM Stars and Umvoti, who were already eliminated yesterday.