Saturday May 15, 2021. 10:00
There is still a lot to play for on the penultimate day of the 2020-21 GladAfrica Championship season, at both ends of the league standings. All eight matches will kick-off simultaneously at 3pm on Sunday.
Five teams still hold a realistic chance of being crowned GladAfrica Championship champions with only four points between Royal AM in first and JDR Stars in fifth spot.
Three wins in four matches has propelled Royal AM two points clear of Richards Bay FC in second place. The Natal Rich Boyz have lost two on the trot and will be desperate to keep hold of a promotion play-off place at the very least.
Sekhukhune United and TS Sporting are the other two teams still within a shot of automatic promotion while Free State Stars hold an outside chance, barring a string of results going their way in the final two rounds of the league season.
Furthermore, both Cape United and Pretoria Callies could still finish second or third respectively in what has turned out to be one of the most competitive seasons to date.
At the other end of the league standings, Bizana Pondo Chiefs’ fate has already been sealed and they will be dropping straight back into the ABC Motsepe League at the conclusion of the campaign.
As for who will be joining them is yet to be determined with five teams still in danger of the dreaded drop. Steenberg United currently occupy 15th spot on the league standings but are still within reach of University of Pretoria, Polokwane City, Cape Town All Stars and Cape Town Spurs.
The Urban Warriors are just a point above Steenberg. It has been a disastrous campaign for Spurs who came so close to GladAfrica Champhip glory as Ajax Cape Town last season.
“Obviously we want to retain the club’s status,” said Spurs head coach Dylan Deane. “This club has a strong history in Cape Town and Cape Town football needs Spurs to remain in the GladAfrica Championship.
“In future the goal is to get the club back into the Premiership, so for the people of Cape Town and our supporters it is very important that we apply ourselves on Sunday to ensure that we bring the joy back and to make sure we can continue to give opportunities to this community.
“The players are ready to go out there and give their all for the club. They want to do it for the club,” he added.
Uthongathi FC and Jomo Cosmos are the only two teams that essentially have nothing but log position to play for in the final two rounds of the league season. Both are safe, but not within reach of the playoff spots.
The following players will miss this round of matches through suspension: Thabo Moloisane, Jarrod Moroole (both Cape Town All Stars), Paulus Masehe (Free State Stars), Tshepo Mokhabi (JDR Stars), Khomotso Marebane (Pretoria Callies), Hugo Nyame (Royal AM), Lesvin Stoffels, Ridhaa Allie (both Steenberg United), Vusumuzi Ngubane (TS Sporting) and Dumisani Msibi (University of Pretoria).
Full list of fixtures:
Sunday, 16 May
15:00 – Bizana Pondo Chiefs vs Pretoria Callies – King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium
15:00 – Jomo Cosmos vs Richards Bay FC – Tsakane Stadium
15:00 – Sekhukhune United vs Polokwane City – Makhulong Stadium
15:00 – University of Pretoria vs Royal AM – Tuks Stadium
15:00 – Free State Stars vs Cape Town Spurs – Goble Park
15:00 – TS Sporting vs Uthongathi FC – Kabokweni Stadium
15:00 – Cape Town All Stars vs Cape United – Parow Park
15:00 – Steenberg United vs JDR Stars – Idas Valley Sports Ground