Relegation vulnerability haunts nine teams

18Feb 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Relegation vulnerability haunts nine teams

ALMOST half of the 16 teams in the Mainland premier soccer league are ruled put of title chase with survival as their vital option.

MBEYA CIYT

The teams are separated by slight differences in points and any slip up could detonate a plunge into the relegation tunnel.

With just eleven matches remaining in the fixture that has now crossed the half way stage, the teams should fight hard to earn points and stay safe from the drop off zone.

Mbeya City and Toto Africa have tied at 21-point mark and seems to have huge relief as contrasted to the other seven below the standings table. The two teams edge Ndanda by just a point despite playing equal number of matches so far.

Six other teams starting from Mgambo Shooting, Kagera Sugar, Majimaji, Coastal Union, African sports and bottom-laced JKT Ruvu are separated by single points to become vulnerable for relegation purge.

Though Abdallah Kibaden’s coached JKT Ruvu are at the base of the premiership log, results of subsequent rounds matches might tilt the standings table such that any team in the bottom half might find itself in insecure position.

Of the four teams that won promotion into the top flight berth at the beginning of this season, only Mwadui is best placed with an assurance of escaping relegation. Mwadui under coach Jamhuri Kihwelu has accumulated 29 points after 19 appearances.

The Shinyanga side is not in contention for the scudetto this season, but its players and coach have extensive peace of mind to survive relegation purge.

Mwadui and their archrivals Stand United share 29 points though the later has one more game in hand. Shinyanga football fans are almost assured of enjoying premiership feast next season but their teams have to slightly step up performance.

Highly vulnerable are African Sports and Majimaji who have been familiar with relegation tide this season.

Table topping Simba will be on the right track for title contention should they post a win over archrivals Young Africans at the National Stadium on Saturday. A loss will keep them on the waiting list for long spells while depending on results of other teams.