Mmegi Online :: Pitched relegation battles in offing
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Monday 22 October 2018, 11:52 am.
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Pitched relegation battles in offing

The relegation battle reaches an interesting phase this weekend with at least seven Premier League sides sitting on the edge of a chopping block.
By Staff Writer Mon 22 Oct 2018, 19:51 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Pitched relegation battles in offing








An average of nine matches remain before the season comes to an end and a fight to finish above the bottom three positions has already intensified.Notwane, Prisons XI and BR Highlanders currently occupy the bottom three positions. The toast of the weekend's matches will be this Sunday when Prisons XI lock horns with Mogoditshane Fighters at SSKB Stadium. At the same time, Molepolole Sports Complex will be the battlefield when Uniao Flamengo Santos take on Notwane. Fighters are currently sitting on position 13 with 20 points.

During the January transfer window, they signed two experienced campaigners, Bernard Semakwezi and Powell Abednico. Since then, they have collected eight points from six matches. Prisons XI have only managed to collect six points since the beginning of the year. Powell in particular will face former Gaborone United (GU) midfielder, Mamikina Mayuka in the midfield.

However, Prisons XI defence should brace themselves for the pace and skill of Khumbukani Madziba who was unlucky not to have given Fighters a victory against BDF XI last weekend.Notwane on the other hand will be hoping to continue where they left off last weekend when they tasted their first victory in 13 matches.

Following their controversial return to the Premier League, Notwane seem not to have learnt their lesson. The 3-1 victory over TAFIC should serve as a motivation for their remaining games but the sad reality is that TAFIC is one of the few sides they defeated again in the first round. The botched transfer of attacking midfielder,

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Lemogang Maswena has boosted their survival chances. Maswena scored twice last weekend when they beat TAFIC 3-1.

Against Santos, they face a side that managed to survive the relegation in the last matches last season. Like Notwane, they seem to have relied much on a thin squad and it has come to haunt them again. They find themselves just two points above Fighters. BR Highlanders who look on their way to the lower division face in-form Extension Gunners at New Lobatse Stadium tomorrow. With only five points, BR Highlanders can only hope for a miracle, which looks far-fetched considering their current form.

The arrival of Gabriel Bokhutlo and Thebe Maiketso seems to have fallen short of saving them.  Gunners on the other hand seem to be doing things right at last despite losing their match against GU on Monday. In other matches tomorrow, TAFIC face another tricky encounter against BDF XI while Miscellaneous visit ECCO City Greens in Francistown.  Meanwhile, Nico United will hope to take advantage of Chiefs' inactivity in the league to climb to the top of the log when they take on struggling Township Rollers at Molepolole.

Chiefs' match against BMC was postponed since they had to travel to Democratic Republic of Congo for their CAF Champions League match against TP Mazembe. Both Nico and Chiefs are level on points although Chiefs have a game in hand. Tonight, Gaborone United (GU) host Motlakase at Molepolole. The match kicks off at 7pm. All other matches start at 4pm.

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