Warriors still hopeful

2016-05-04 06:00
KATLEHO MAPHATHE, the African Warriors player on the ball, will be hoping to work with his team mates to save the team from being relegated from the National First Division.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

KATLEHO MAPHATHE, the African Warriors player on the ball, will be hoping to work with his team mates to save the team from being relegated from the National First Division. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – With three league games remaining before the end of the 2015-’16 season, the rock-bottom National First Division (NFD) campaigners, African Warriors, are still hoping to avoid relegation.

Maihlome Ihlasele is sitting at the bottom of the table with 19 points after 27 league games. They are involved in a relegation battle together with the NFD rookies, Moroka Swallows, who were relegated from the Absa Premier League last season.

Swallows are ahead of them with 20 points after the same number of games. However, the two teams can still mathematically survive the automatic relegation to the South African Football Association (Safa) ABC Motsepe League of their respective provinces.

By the look of things Vasco Da Gama, Santos, Thanda Royal Zulu and Mthatha Buks are also not safe yet. They have collected 27, 25 and 23 points respectively and they could be within reach for both Warriors and Swallows should they drop points.

In making sure that their dream of staying in the NFD is realised, the Qwaqwa-based outfit has appointed Jonny Mafereka, a former coach of the Maluti FET College and Dikwena United FC.

Mafereka comes in to fill the boots of Thami Ngubane who was kicked out a few weeks ago following a stint of bad results.

Since his arrival, Mafereka has earned a point away from Amazulu where he played 0-0.

He knows that a point is not enough and his troops would still have to work hard and produce miracles to save the team’s status.

Mafereka is not new to this league as he was also appointed at the end of last season by Maluti FET College with the hope that he would save them, but it was too little too late to save the sinking ship.

He has again surprised the football fraternity by accepting a coaching post at the struggling Warriors who don’t look like they would survive.

It is an open secret that Warriors have been fighting for survival in the NFD for the past three seasons or so.

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