Ubuntu up­beat about their fu­ture as they fight to avoid rel­e­ga­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

THE Mother City’s three Na­tional First Di­vi­sion clubs all play away to­day.

There is plenty on the line for league rook­ies Ubuntu Cape Town, who tackle KZN ri­vals Uthon­gathi FC chas­ing back- to- back vic­to­ries and aware that a pos­i­tive out­come would keep them above the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Cur­rently in 12th place on the 16-team stand­ings with four rounds left, Ubuntu are a point above the drop zone.

Two teams will be rel­e­gated, and as things stand, bot­tom-ofthe-log Mthatha Bucks look set for the chop.

Se­cond- bot­tom Su­per Ea­gles, NFD rook­ies Uthon­gathi FC, Richards Bay and Ubuntu com­plete the bot­tom five and are sep­a­rated by a point.

Ubuntu did ham­mer Ea­gles 3-0 last time out in an away per­for­mance that im­pressed their Amer­i­can coach Casey Prince.

“We’ve also played a bet­ter brand of foot­ball this year and our re­sults show that,” said Prince.

“It’s taken time to be com­pet­i­tive.

“The first half of the sea­son was a strug­gle, but this year we’ve come on in leaps and bounds, we just need to be con­sis­tent.

“We know there’s still a way to travel be­fore we can start talk­ing about next sea­son.

“In our favour is the fact that our next three fix­tures are against ri­vals in a sim­i­lar predica­ment to us.

“So it is im­por­tant the boys fo­cus their en­er­gies on the field, they do that and the re­sults will come.

“And they have been play­ing well this year, hence my con­fi­dence in us hold­ing onto our se­cond-tier sta­tus.

“Our game­plan is to be ag­gres­sive on de­fence and deadly on the counter, and we saw it against Ea­gles.”

Stel­len­bosch FC and Cape Town All Stars have lit­tle more than pride to play for.

Ear­lier in the sea­son the pair en­joyed time at the sum­mit, but that is his­tory. Stars are in sev­enth spot while Stel­lies are at a sea­son-low 10th.

Nei­ther can make a bid for the pro­mo­tional play-offs, and they have only them­selves to blame be­cause they’ve been pre­sented with more than enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to claim a se­cond and third- placed fin­ish.

Th­ese prized po­si­tions be­long to Black Leop­ards ( se­cond) and Jomo Cos­mos (third).

Both, like top-placed High­lands Park are for­mer PSL teams.

Park have al­ready won the league and will com­pete in the top-flight next sea­son.

No one will ar­gue that the Lions of the North have been streets ahead of the rest.

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