Teams fight to stay

2017-02-15 06:03
United Rovers attacker Khahliso Sealome (left) and Royal Knights defender Bonolo Mfana battle for the ball during their teams’ SAB League fixture on Saturday (11/02) at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein. Royal Knights won by 2-0 to ease their relegation woes.  Photo: Teboho Setena

United Rovers attacker Khahliso Sealome (left) and Royal Knights defender Bonolo Mfana battle for the ball during their teams’ SAB League fixture on Saturday (11/02) at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein. Royal Knights won by 2-0 to ease their relegation woes. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The fight to avoid relegation from the third-tier SAB League is as intense as the competition at the top.

With 18 matches and four months of the season to play, the bottom seven clubs are separated by between four and two points.

Those facing relegation are the Motheo TVET College (6 points), Saintz Ferrari (11 points), United Rovers (11 points), Royal Knights (14 points), Chelsea (16 points), Dramatic (16 points) and Turfflowers (17 points).

Only three clubs will be relegated at the end of the current football season.

Those in the danger zone are fighting to avert the looming relegation and all their matches are a must-win.

In another must-win encounter to avoid relegation between United Rovers and Royal Knights played on Saturday (11/02), the latter recorded an emphatic 2-0 win over their struggling opponents. The fixture was played at the Clive Solomon Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Going into the match, the two teams were tied on 11 points.

Now Royal Knights have moved up the ladder and Rovers remained grounded.

The seven teams in the danger zone need 40 points to guarantee their safety in the third-tier league played under the auspices of the Safa Mangaung region.

Reaching the 40-point mark is regarded as the target to ensure safety from relegation to the lowest division of the Promotional League.

At the moment, the championship battle at the top is a one-horse race, with last season’s champions, the University of the Free State (Kovsies), leading with 52 points.

Last season’s runner up, Kingston, follows with 39 points.

Kovsies will look to extend their lead at the top by beating fifth placed Pro Mates in the league encounter to be played at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Saturday (18/02).

Kick-off is at 15:00.

In another fixture, Kingston will fight to catch up at the expense of relegation-threatened Rovers at the Clive Solomon Stadium.

Kick-off is at 11:00.

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