Thu Aug 21 06:19:45 SAST 2014

Dogfighting dregs

May 7, 2012 | Kgomotso Sethusha |

ALL three teams mired in the relegation zone are set to face each other interestingly enough, intensifying the battle for survival, which should be a humdinger.

STAR PERFORMER: Eleazar Rodgers of Santos. Picture taken from www.mtnfootball.com
LOSS: Sifiso Myeni left Bidvest Wits for Orlando Pirates. Picture taken from www.LOSS: Sifiso Myeni left Bidvest Wits for Orlando Pirates

On a wing and a prayer

Despite being left with four games, the chances of Jomo Cosmos avoiding relegation are truly slim.

Cosmos still have a mathematical chance to survive, but that would mean them winning all their four games and Leopards losing all three of their remaining games.

In fairness, their football has been decent at times with players like Siyabonga Nhlapo and Tshidiso Tukane emerging as new stars. But even they would find it daunting inspiring Cosmos to achieve four victories.

Inexperience and an inability to show guts and character in critical moments of the game - mostly when they only need to defend resolutely and sew up the game - has proved costly for Ezenkosi.

While hope might spring eternal for Cosmos, many have already penned their eulogy as they wait for the inevitable axe to fall.

Remaining games: AmaZulu (away), Maritzburg United (home), Black Leopards (home) and Santos (home).

Lack of consistency

The relegation spectre has haunted Santos for the better part of the season and they should have started preparations for possible promotional play-offs.

They've played with purpose, as reflected in Eleazar Rodgers' recent form, but too many defeats and a lack of consistency has led to their dire situation.

Unlike Cosmos, they seem to have their destiny in their own hands, though not as firmly as Leopards who are left with three games.

A win against AmaZulu would ensure them a place in the promotional play-offs. They are an established team with a proud history - having won three knockout competitions and a league title - and it would be sad to see them get flushed down the relegation tube.

Remaining games: AmaZulu (away) and Cosmos (home).

One leg in, one leg out

They say leopards never change their spots, but Black Leopards will have to defy that adage to avoid a drop down.

Lidoda Duvha have walked the relegation path before and experience should count for something in their three remaining games. Their destiny lies in their hands as they need only two victories to reach safety.

They might be facing relegation, but Leopards have shown fighting spirit and it would be unjust to see the likes of Kethokwakhe Masuku and Itumeleng Duiker not play in the first division next season.

Remaining games: Wits (away), Cosmos (away) and Ajax Cape Town (home).

Not out of the woods yet

Though they lie 13th on the log, Bidvest Wits aren't completely out of relegation danger.

A 12-match winless streak, partly the result of the loss of Sifiso Myeni, has sucked them into the relegation whirlpool, but a draw away to Arrows has been a major boost for the Clever Boys.

A draw against Leopards on Tuesday should suffice, regardless of what happens against Platinum Stars on May 19.

Remaining games: Leopards (home) and Platinum Stars (away).

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