Maluti FC needs a miracle

2016-03-30 06:00
STAN MASUNYA, the Maluti FET College FC captain, on the ball with Modibedi Modise coming from the back. Masunya will have to motivate his players to drive the team out of the relegation zone. Photo: Tladi Moloi

STAN MASUNYA, the Maluti FET College FC captain, on the ball with Modibedi Modise coming from the back. Masunya will have to motivate his players to drive the team out of the relegation zone. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The lacklustre Maluti Further Education Training (FET) College FC needs a miracle if they are to avoid relegation from the South African Football Association (Safa) Free State ABC Motsebe League stream.

Rooted at the bottom of the second-tier league on 4 points after 23 matches played, the club is involved in a survival battle alongside Shamrock Flowers, boasting 6 points.

The Qwaqwa-based outfit currently continues their downwards sliding that saw them relegated last season 2014-’15 from the National First Division (NFD) after a two-year stint.

The team rose to prominence when they hammered Premiership giants Orlando Pirates by 4-1 in the 2013 Nedbank Cup edition and the same season they were promoted to the NFD.

However, they have lost it all with fighting to avoid relegation to the lowest league – the Safa Regional League.

Maluti have only registered one win and one draw since the beginning of the 2015-’16 season. They have conceded 57 goals, scoring only 17.

The College boys were hoping to beat Flowers on their home turf a fortnight ago, but they were hammered 2-0, dropping them to the bottom.

They are left with only four league games to avoid relegation.

They will play away to Celtic Colts on Saturday (02/04) at the Westdene Stadium, before they welcome the title contenders of Mangaung United and Manco Milan on 9 and 23 April respectively. Both games will be played at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwaqwa. They will wrap-up the season in Bloemfontein against the team of the Central University of Technology (CUT) on 30 April.

Before the Flowers game, Thabiso Mosia, Maluti head coach, said that game would decide which team would be relegated at the end of the season. However, the coach is now singing a different tune.

He said: “I can’t say we are out. We still have a few games to play. I was disappointed with the way the boys played against Flowers. That was one of the games we should have won. Inconsistency in our performance has cost us a lot.”

He said the management had done everything to enable the boys to win their games, but up till now they had failed.

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