Tough times at the bottom of the log

2014-04-13 15:00

There are sure to be plenty of twists and turns along the way before the PSL title race reaches its exciting climax later this month.

Like the certainties of death and taxes, there is always that one club that will not survive the drop.

Golden Arrows are the clear favourites for relegation and deservedly so as their form has not warranted a stay of execution.

The Darlings of Lamontville, affectionately named Abafana Bes’thende, are back-heeling themselves into the National First Division (NFD).

This week could be the defining moment for Arrows as their next two games against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday and Platinum Stars on Saturday could seal their fate.

Their 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town last Wednesday came too late as the writing is already on the wall for them.

Arrows suffered their 19th defeat of the season to Maritzburg United last Sunday, which in effect increased their relegation odds.

Arrows have been consistently poor this season, which led to chairperson Mato Madlala shuffling the coaching staff twice, without any improvement.

Manqoba Mngqithi was replaced by the renowned relegation-salvage man Mark Harrison, who failed in his mandate and ceded control to former Bafana Bafana striker Shaun Bartlett.

Arrows have already lost MTN as a sponsor and a drop to the less attractive NFD will be a major financial blow.

Their undoing has been in front of goal as they have scored just 19 and conceded a whopping 44.

Free State Stars are also in danger of going down as they finally pay the price of selling their most prized assets every season.

Stars suffered their 14th loss of the season against SuperSport United midweek and with tough assignments yet to come, their best bet will be a spot in the play-offs.

Stars have been failing to fire since the departure of Dové Womé and Kennedy Mweene to Mamelodi Sundowns at the beginning of the season.

Life in the PSL has never been rosy for newcomers Polokwane City. Their next four games will seal their fate as they fight for survival. At best, they could qualify for the play-offs.

If these three teams are to avoid the dreaded drop zone, they need to start collecting points – and soon.

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