SA relegation battle goes to the wire
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – WHILE the champions of the Absa Premiership and the other berth for Champions League football have been confirmed, the race is still on at the other end of the table with three teams in danger of relegation.
The battle involving the bottom-placed Moroka Swallows, Amazulu and Chippa United will go the wire with all sides eager to beat the drop as well as finishing 15th.
While the team that finishes last drops to the unfashionable first division, the 15th-placed side takes part in the playoffs with three sides that finish below the winner of the first division for a place in the Premiership.
With the relegation-threatened trio facing teams in the top eight in their finals matches, all is set for an intriguing conclusion to the league on Saturday.
Swallows will host Bloemfontein Celtic at Dobsonville Stadium while Chippa United will not have it easy either with a home match against newly-crowned champions Kazer Chiefs at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Polokwane City wind their campaign with a fixture against Supersport United at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Meanwhile, it is straightforward at the top with Chiefs winning the title with a handful of games to spare while Mamelodi Sundowns attained second spot after beating city rivals SuperSport United 2-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium
Sundowns opened an unassailable lead ahead of Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits.
Maritzburg held Pirates to a 1-1 draw, denting Pirates’ chances of finishing second.
Wits and Pirates, who are level on points will battle for third after the former beat Chiefs 2-1.
– CAJ News
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