Saturday, May 8, 2021

Relegation dog-fight intensifies

With only two matches to go, the be-Mobile Premier League championship has already been decided. Kgatleng side, Mochudi Centre Chiefs were crowned champions following a weekend draw against Selibe Phikwe side, FC Satmos. It was a deserved championship for Magosi who took advantage of a slump in form of fierce rivals Township Rollers, who had led the league for quite some time. Rollers on the other hand are in danger of losing their second position as they continue to drop points.

Over the weekend they played to a goalless draw against Palapye side Motakase, a development that aided Orapa United, who are also aiming for a historic second spot for the first time in history. Orapa United are now four points clear of Township Rollers. On the other hand there is also a big war at the bottom of the league as some teams are fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation to the lower division. Letlapeng of Ramotswa and Francistown based Ecco City Greens have already relegated to the First Division.

By the look of things the third relegation bound team might even be decided on the last day of the league. Four teams are not safe from the relegation battle; BR Highlanders, Nico United, Notwane, Motakase, and FC Satmos. Considering their performance last season, Satmos’ position as third from the bottom is somewhat shocking.

They finished on position five last season and their striker, Patrick Kaunda was a leading goal scorer. He was eventually signed by South African Premier League side, Platinum Stars. Satmos now have to win all their two remaining matches against Notwane and Township Rollers. Perennial relegation candidates, Notwane also have a mammoth task of overcoming fellow relegation candidates Motakase and FC Satmos.

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