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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Relegation web haunts 4 teams

11th February 2013

As the 16th round of the Mainland football premiership is just about to be completed, four teams are haunted by relegation. 

Bottom of the table are African Lyon, who have been experiencing a turbulent season to collect paltry nine points after 16 appearances.
It’s the only side in the 14-team league with a single digit number of points having posted two wins, three draws and losing the rest.
The team’s dismal performance has resulted into conceding 26 goals while its striking force scored ten for a negative aggregate of 16.
Lyon that looked to have acclimatized with the premiership for the past three seasons are now in serious trouble to fight back for the top flight berth status.
With new coach Salum Bausi in charge, Lyon have to work beyond the call of duty if they are to float in the Mainland’s high-profile league.
The team meets pace makers Young Africans in the league’s mid-week fixture at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Separated by just a point but with a game in hand are Police Morogoro, who have shown remarkable achievement since the second half of the season kicked off last month.
The cops have won two back-to-back matches, a complete uncharacteristic performance the team had during the first half of the season.
Probably the arrival of new coach Mohamed Adolf Rishard makes the difference but still they need to haul five points to at least move away from the relegation borderline.
Like the rest of the relegation haunted teams, Police Moro have also posted two wins since the league kicked off on September 15 last year.
Mwanza-based Toto Africa whose fans fund-raised over 19m/-  to help the side from escaping relegation two seasons ago, are back into the same trouble with paltry 13 points in hand.
The team is third placed from the standings table and floats inside the dreadful zone.
Besides those three teams mentioned above, gazing the relegation borderline are unlikely candidates JKT Ruvu, whose coach Charles Kilinda must be surprised for the boys’ loss of form this season.
 After 15 rounds, JKT Ruvu have posted four wins, drew thrice and lost the rest to collect 15 points while gazing at the relegation borderline wit a slim cushion of two points.
Thanks for a stalemate result when Toto Africa and Coastal Union played their 16th round match over the weekend in Mwanza, JKT Ruvu have secured a lifeline not to sink into the relegation pool even if they happen to lose their next match in the league.
 Top of the standings are still Young Africans who were spared of the league action last weekend.
Yanga have 33 points with remarkable goal aggregate of 17 to stay comfortable at the helm of the 14-team league standings table.
With a match in hand against relegation-haunted African Lyon on Wednesday, Yanga have opened a five-point gap over archrivals and holders Simba who are experiencing a dismal performance.
 Title chase looks wide open for the time being but Yanga might extend the leading gap should they tame the African Lions on Wednesday.
Yanga have Azam to worry but the ice cream makers need to perfect in their matches to catch up with the pace makers




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