African Warriors face uphill battle

2016-04-06 06:00
MFUNDO NSELE, the African Warriors striker in blue, is chased by Moroka Swallows players during their recent league encounter. Nsele is one of the players who would be hoping to score goals to help his outfit avoid relegation in the National First Division (NFD). Photo: Tladi Moloi

MFUNDO NSELE, the African Warriors striker in blue, is chased by Moroka Swallows players during their recent league encounter. Nsele is one of the players who would be hoping to score goals to help his outfit avoid relegation in the National First Division (NFD). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – A dark cloud is hanging over the heads of National First Division (NFD) campaigners African Warriors, who have a big mountain to climb to avoid relegation.

With only seven league games remaining, Warriors is sitting second from the bottom on the log table with 18 points after 23 games. They are five points above the NFD rookies, Moroka Swallows, who were relegated from the Absa Premier League land of milk and honey last season.

Both Warriors and Swallows are faced with automatic relegation to the South African Football Association (Safa) ABC Motsepe League of their respective provinces.

It is not the first time that the Qwaqwa-based outfit finds itself fighting for survival in this league. Last season they were apparently faced with a similar situation, but they survived at the 11th hour, thanks to Maluti FET College and United FC, who were relegated after they had finished on 15 and 16 respectively.

Maihlome Ihlasele players would have to pull up their socks if they still want to see their team playing in the same league. A stint of poor results can lead to the team finding itself on the wrong side of the table.

This year, Warriors have collected five points out of the possible 27. They only won one game and drew twice in nine league games.

They have also given away 12 goals in those games, scoring only six.

Warriors would surely have to come home with at least a point on Saturday (09/04) away to Black Leopards if they are to survive.

They are faced with a big mountain to climb.

Out of the seven remaining games, they will only play three games at home in the Charles Mopeli stadium and that means more points have to be gained in away games.

After the Leopards game, they will play at home against Cape Town All Stars on Saturday, 16 April and travel to Durban to face Amazulu on Saturday 24 April before they welcome Santos on the 30th.

On Sunday, 8 May, they will visit Mbombela United and then welcome the league’s red-hot Baroka FC before they wrap up the 2015-’16 season away to Thanda Royal Zulu on 22 May at the Umhlathuze Sports Complex.

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