Friday Apr 15, 2022. 10:05
Time is running out for Jomo Cosmos and TS Sporting to retain their GladAfrica Championship status, while the title challenge is shaping up into a two-horse race.
University of Pretoria will be looking to extend their lead over the chasing pack when they face Cape Town All Stars at Parow Park on Saturday.
AmaTuks (45) beat Richards Bay (43) 1-0 on Wednesday to replace them at the league summit, while Igugu Lekapa returned to winning ways with a 2-1 success over Polokwane City to move up to fourth place, five points off top spot.
The Natal Rich Boyz take on Platinum City Rovers at Olen Park on Saturday hoping to bounce back from their first defeat in 19 matches.
Seventh-placed Rovers went level with Rise And Shine on 36 points following a 2-2 draw with TTM on Wednesday, which saw them go four games undefeated in the division.
Meanwhile, JDR Stars will attempt to keep their promotion hopes alive when they welcome Free State Stars to the Giant Stadium.
The Hammer Boys have fallen slightly off the pace in the race for league honours after a 1-1 draw against Uthongathi a week ago left them five points behind the leaders in third position. Ea LLa Koto arrested a five-match winless run when they beat Jomo Cosmos 2-0 on Tuesday to move up to eighth spot.
Venda Football Academy will be targeting a first win in three matches when they host Cosmos at the Tsakane Stadium on Sunday.
VFA slipped to fifth in the standings after being held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Town Spurs on Tuesday, while Ezenkosi are five points adrift of safety in 15th place following back-to-back defeats.
In the only encounter taking place on Friday, Polokwane will aim to get their promotion push back on track when they lock horns with Spurs at Athlone Stadium.
Rise And Shine are four points off the promotion places in sixth spot after going five games without a win. The 11th-placed Urban Warriors are looking to climb the standings after the stalemate against VFA made it two games without defeat.
Elsewhere, rock-bottom TS Sporting will be determined to snap a four-game losing streak when Hungry Lions visit the Kabokweni Stadium on Sunday and Pretoria Callies will attempt to put more distance between themselves and drop zone when they go up against Uthongathi at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.
Abantu Bemthetho remain rooted to the foot of the table after losing 2-1 to Black Leopards on Tuesday, while 13th-placed Callies went six points clear of the bottom two with a goalless drew against Hungry Lions on Wednesday.
Black Leopards will look to keep the momentum going when they clash with TTM at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday.
Lidoda Duvha have turned the corner at the right time after victory over TS Sporting in midweek extended their unbeaten run to five outings and saw them open up a five-point gap to the relegation zone in 14th position. Vhadau Vha Damani are targeting a third game without defeat in order to secure their safety after the point against Platinum City Rovers took them to 28 points in 12th spot.
GladAfrica Championship fixtures:
All times CAT
Friday, April 15
17h00: Cape Town Spurs v Polokwane City
Saturday, April 16
15h00: Black Leopards v TTM
15h00: Cape Town All Stars v University of Pretoria
15h00: JDR Stars v Free State Stars
15h00: Platinum City Rovers v Richards Bay
Sunday, April 17
15h00: Pretoria Callies v Uthongathi
15h00: Jomo Cosmos v Venda Football Academy
15h00: TS Sporting v Hungry Lions