Saturday, July 2, 2022

It’s D-Day in relegation survival battles

Uniao Flamengo Santos vs Notwane (Molepolole Stadium, kick off 4pm)

This is one game whose outcome most people will be interested in, considering the history of both clubs. Santos have been very inconsistent this season, less said about their opponents who are lucky to be campaigning in the Premier League this season. Santos managed to pick a point from their two games played over the Easter holidays. It was in the 4-1 drubbing against Mogoditshane Fighters which proved that Santos will have to double their efforts if they are to survive the chop. Poor finishing has been the story of their season so far – only managing to find the net 18 times and conceding 35. Santos lie in a precarious 12th spot with 22 points from 21 games.

On the other hand, Notwane are sitting on the 14th spot with 19 points. If their 3-1 win over Tafic last Sunday is anything to go by, their supporters can have little hope of surviving the chop. But it is the kind of opponents left on Notwane menu which would need a special show from the inexperienced bunch of players at the club. The pressure is on Notwane coach Tonderai Marume to get a result in a week when he accused the supporters of being xenophobic. The issue of players’ indiscipline has been the main worry at Toronto and it will be interesting which line-up goes into the field of play today.

Prediction: Previous results swing in the favour on Notwane but a draw would be a fair result.

Prisons XI vs Mogoditshane Fighters (SSKB Stadium, kick off 4pm)

The Brazillians will visit the Prisons XI in Mogoditshane with their tails up following their gallant performance over the holidays. Fighters hammered Santos 4-1 before holding their brothers in arms BDF XI to a goalless draw. Under the tutelage of Enos Mmesi, Fighters seems to improve with each game they play but it remains a mystery as to why they are languishing on the 13th spot with 20 points. A positive result against the Warders might improve their chances of surviving the dreaded axe. But it is issues of indiscipline coming out of their camp which might hamper their chances. Prisons XI has been on and off this season. Against Santos on Good Friday, Prisons XI huffed and puffed much to the disappointment of their coach Maxwell Moyo who could hardly contain his frustrations through the entire match. They have accumulated only two points in their last two games something which does not do them any good. The Warders’ main problem has been finding the net, having scored only 18 goals this season. Moyo is a great motivator and he will have to perform his magic against the Brazillians this afternoon.

Prediction: An unpredictable game but Fighters stand a better chance of going home with maximum points.

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