Relegation scrap is getting heated



May 4, 2016
Relegation scrap is getting heated

Left with no choice, Maritzburg must fight. CREDIT: Sourced

About a month ago, I said University of Pretoria may be the best bet to stay up in the PSL.

But after the week they have had, the relegation battle is up in the air once again.

Two defeats in four days means they are back in the drop zone.

And with the lead over Maritzburg United now just one point, even the Team of Choice has renewed hope in the fight for survival.

The big winner of the weekend without a doubt was Jomo Cosmos.

Jomo Sono’s men beat AmaTuks in the relegation six-pointer 1-0 and now they are three points clear of the relegation places with three games to go.

Jomo thinks one more win for his men should do the trick and guarantee their top-flight status.

But they will find the going tough against a battered and bruised Ajax Cape Town at Athlone Stadium tonight.

Utterly embarrassed by Bloem Celtic at the weekend, who recorded the biggest winning margin of the season with a 5-0 pak of the Urban Warriors, Roger de Sa’s men will be under pressure to bounce back.

If Ajax fired blanks against Phunya Sele Sele though, they will find it even harder against a Cosmos team that’s kept three clean sheets in their last five matches.

As for Tuks, they have undoubtedly the toughest game tonight.

They host the Tshwane derby against a Mamelodi Sundowns team that could be crowned champions depending on the result of Wits’ game against Black Aces last night.

They were going great guns until the second half against Kaizer Chiefs last Wednesday.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s introduction in the second half was their downfall and after leading 1-0 at half time they lost 2-1.

They now need to win all their remaining games – against Downs, Polokwane and Golden Arrows and hope Cosmos drop points to secure safety.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg, who have looked certain to go down for most of the season, now have a lifeline.

But their last three games are tough, with Orlando Pirates and Ajax to come.

Then on the last day, they face Cosmos.

It could well all come down to that game to decide all three sides’ fate.

With the title all but wrapped up, it’s at the bottom where the real drama is now.

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