AS the clock ticks closers to Sunday, NFD sides, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Bay United and Dynamos are facing an uncertain future
One of the three will be relegated from the National First Division joining Atlie FC, whose demotion to the Vodacom Leagues was confirmed last weekend.
Second-bottom Aces (30) are away to FC Cape Town at the NNK Rugby Stadium, with Bay (32) due to visit Buffalo City Stadium to play local rivals and promotion-chasing Blackburn Rovers.
Dynamos, also with 32 points, travel to Phuthaditjhaba and the daunting Charles Mopeli Stadium where they will play Carara Kicks. The men from Giyani are in pole position to beat the drop, although they must win to ensure safety.
A draw may suffice for them, but only if Aces fail to win by three clear goals.
Recent form suggest that Dynamos have capacity to win after three wins in their last four games, while records from their last few matches also indicate that a draw is unlikely due to the attacking style they adopt – Dynamos have been involved in just one tie in their last 10 outings.
That leaves Aces and Bay, two teams that have had a rapid fall from grace after both played in the Absa Premiership in recent years, the former just last season and the latter in 2008/09.
The Mpumalanga club face the tougher task to survive, merely because they are two point behind both rivals and know that only a win can save them.
They were a side that had not won a match in 10 games prior to their shock win over champions University of Pretoria on Sunday.
That form saw them spiraling down the table, but if they can match the form shown in the 3-2 win over Tuks when they go to Cape Town, there could be a miraculous escape.
This considering the task facing Port Elizabeth side Bay, who have the passion of a derby and the high stakes of promotion to contend with.
David Bright’s men only have themselves to blame for the position they are in after a torrid March and April period when they picked up just one win in seven games, despite four of those games being played at home.
Unlike Dynamos (-7), who can afford a draw if Aces (-9) win, Bay’s inferior goal difference of -9 means that if they draw and Amazayoni win, then they are relegated.
So only a win will do against their Eastern Cape rivals who also have to win their final match if they want to guarantee promotion.
The stakes could hardly be higher.-www.psl.co.za