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Cape Town clubs fight for survival

 

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

THE Cape side clubs, Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United will be looking to the Man above to help them pick maximum points when the Absa Premiership League action return this weekend.

Chippa United are on the bottom of the log with 16 points from 21 matches while Ajax are second from the bottom with 18 points from 20 matches and they both need nothing less than victory this weekend if they still want to see themselves campaigning in the elite league come next season.

In the next few hours, Ajax will know whether their woes will continue this afternoon when they welcome AmaZulu this evening, kick-off at the Cape Town Stadium is 8pm.

The Urban Warriors goes this match highly dejected after having gone six encounters without any victory with their last clash having ended in a goalless draw against Pretoria University. For the record, Ajax won the first round encounter against the visiting Usuthu.

As for Chippa, it is a fact that the writing are on the wall and they will have to pull their socks and start winning their matches to stay afload in the bigger league.

Chippa who have since lost 11 matches and drawn 7 and winning only 3 will be away to KwaZulu-Natal’s Harry Gwala Stadium against the high-ridding Maritzburg United where they are expected to fight tooth and nail for their survival on Sunday afternoon.

With Santos, having kissed their elite league status last season, it remain to be seen if both Ajax and Chippa can save themselves and the hopes of the once football power-house province of the western.

Meanwhile fans in Limpopo are also crossing their fingers that Black Leopards should survive the big chop at the end of the season.

Lidoda Duvha are Limpopo’s only representative in the elite league and like any other season they have been blowing hot and cold this season.

Like Ajax and Chippa, Leopards are not out of the danger zone as they are languishing third from the bottom of the 16-clubs log with 20 points from 21 matches and they are desperate for points to move away from the drop zone. The Limpopo side has a tricky match away to SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville outside Tshwane tomorrow at 6pm.

The rest of this weekend’s fixtures are:

Today: Moroka Swallows v Free State Stars (Dobsonville, 6pm)

Tomorrow: Platinum Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns (Royal Bafokeng, 3.30pm), Orlando Pirates v Pretoria University (Orlando, 8pm)

Sunday: Bloemfontein Celtic v Kaizer Chiefs (Free State, 3.30pm)   

 

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