Fight­ing for sur­vival

The bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion is heat­ing up – any of the eight bot­tom sides could go down by sea­son’s end

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­

There might still be 11 games to go be­fore the end of the sea­son, but the sur­vival bat­tle is al­ready in full swing and the fight to avoid rel­e­ga­tion prom­ises to be fe­ro­cious.

At the rate things are go­ing in the Absa Premier­ship, any of the eight bot­tom sides could go down at the end of the sea­son as no one is out of the woods yet.

These clubs are still up to their necks in trou­ble in the fi­nal straight of the sea­son.

With ev­ery game played, the Premier League sur­vival bat­tle might be be­com­ing clearer with Baroka and High­lands Park look­ing doomed and in­creas­ingly cut adrift at the bot­tom.

Three of the bot­tom sides are in­volved in six point­ers this af­ter­noon and time is no longer on their side.

Free State Stars, third from the bot­tom, could take a huge leap to­wards sur­vival by beat­ing High­lands Park at James Mot­latsi Sta­dium, while Baroka en­ter­tain neigh­bours Polok­wane City in the Lim­popo derby.

With a four-point gap be­tween Stars and High­lands Park, a vic­tory for Ser­ame Let­soaka’s side will widen the gap and give them breath­ing space.

On the other hand, Gor­don Ige­sund will be look­ing to close the gap but trips to Goble Park Sta­dium are never easy for any side in the league.

Ige­sund has not been able to change the for­tunes of the Lions of the North and they are in­creas­ingly star­ing at rel­e­ga­tion. Time is not on their side – if they don’t start win­ning matches, they will be back in the Na­tional First Divi­sion.

In­ter­est­ingly, the two sides will meet again next week in the last 32 of the Ned­bank Cup.

They will have to get their pri­or­i­ties right – whether they want to se­cure their Premier­ship sta­tus, go all the way in the cup com­pe­ti­tion or both. The choice is theirs.

With just two vic­to­ries un­der their belt, Baroka look like their time in

NEED A WIN Ser­ame Let­soaka’s Free State Stars can open the gap at the bot­tom

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