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First division action gathers pace

Football lovers are expected to throng various football grounds to witness titanic clashes in the first division south as the league reaches the final round of the first stanza over the weekend.

One of the mouth watering fixtures will feature the log leaders Black Forest playing host to their arch rivals Letlapeng in Mankgodi on Saturday November 28.

Mankgodi giants currently find themselves at the helm of the log with 22 points from 10 outings and have never tasted any defeat this season.

Letlapeng on the other hand find themselves perched on the fourth spot with 14 points in their pocket and hence eight points away from the log leaders and they are expected to put a gallant fight to try and narrow the margin.

History, however favours Letlapeng as the two sides met four times as SERFA division one and Letlapeng managed to outclass Forest in all the encounters while in the first division south last season the two sides met twice and Letlapeng prolonged their dominance as The rock of ages won once and drew once.

Another fierce battle is expected on Saturday at fighters ground as the two former premier league sides Mogoditshane Fighters and Uniao Flamingo Santos tussleit out for the maximum points.

The encounter between the two giants always keeps the football followers glued to the field of play as it is often characterised by fireworks and the rivalry keeps flourishing every season.

Last season Samba Boys managed to upset ma14 three times in the 2014/15 season, fighters won the first round 1-0 and continued bullying Gabane lads in the second round as they bagged maximum points again.

However after a successful appeal by Santos over Fighters gaining qualification for promotional play offs through soft points, the two sides faced each other again and fighters thrashed Santos 2-1 to qualify for the promotional play offs.

The free scoring Santos currently close up the top 3 bracket in the log with 15 points while Fighters currently occupies the 6th spot with 14 points but Santos would be eyeing revenge and hoping that some of their key players Bosa Mokgweetsi, Thato Seagateng, Christopher Lemme and Eric Molefi help lead their camp to victory over the samba boys.

On the other hand, Coach Mpho Mabogo’s side would rely on some of their most influential players Kabo Molokwane, Kenny Ledikwe, Ishmael Netty and Thatayaone Pitso to assist their side end the first round on a high note.

Lesirane would also undergo a litmus test against Notwane as both sides recently endured a bumpy ride in the first round, comprising numerous goalless draws for Notwane while Lesirane dropped points more often and hence they occupy the ninth spot with 11 points while Notwane is on the fifth spot with 14 points.

On Sunday, other fixtures will see the on form Rolling boys visiting the struggling Modipane United while Sharps host Mochudi Rovers at Sharps ground and Prisons on the other hand will embark on a lengthy journey to Tsabong and entertain the league rookies Black Rangers.

All the encounters will commence at 4pm.