Who will be joining Mwadui FC in VPL relegation?

26Jun 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Who will be joining Mwadui FC in VPL relegation?

THE top of the Vodacom Premier League standings, in contrast, seems to be rudimentary as Simba looks on course to lift the fourth consecutive league crown.

Mwadui Football Club

The defending champions are six points clear at the top with three games in hand. They are one victory from being crowned champions.

As we head into the final 2-3 league fixtures, all of the drama is unfolding in the bottom half of the table with teams involved in or nervously looking over their shoulder as relegation looms.

Mwadui FC who have been rock bottom since round seven have already seen their relegation back to the First Division League confirmed, but there are still three more teams who will face the automatic drop yet to be confirmed.

Seven points separate ninth from 17th and it only takes one round of games to swing momentum one way or another.

The remaining fixtures throw up some exciting match-ups as we head for a photo finish in the season's conclusion.

The big question now is which three other teams will be joining Mwadui FC in the automatic relegation race

Coastal Union, which is placed second-bottom, has been on a disastrous run of results with no wins in their last five to emerge as a suspenseful late plot twist in this relegation thriller.

With a game in hand, the Tanga-based side is on 34 points after 31 matches.

In their next assignment they face a daunting trip to Simba, a likely run of seven games without a win will see confidence at rock bottom by the time their two last home fixtures come around.

Given their remaining fixtures, Gwambina FC is certainly favourites for the drop, but we’ve seen miraculous escape.

The Misungwi District-based side closes out the season with a trip to Mbeya.

They face a relegation six-pointer with Mbeya City FC and then take on Prisons in their final game.

Ihefu SC which occupies the last automatic relegation spot faces a huge task if they are to avoid relegation and stay in the Vodacom Premier League.

They have lost only one of their last seven, but their two away fixtures against Yanga and KMC FC put them in real danger.

Mbeya City FC, occupying the relegation play-off spot- 36 points after 32 matches- but home fixtures against Gwambina FC and Biashara United give them real opportunities to get enough points to avoid relegation.

Army side, JKT Tanzania, occupying the other relegation playoff spot, have had chances to pull themselves above the waterline, but they have not taken enough of them.

They now need to beat Mtibwa Sugar at home, whilst hoping to get at least a draw away to KMC FC to avoid automatic relegation.

Sitting just outside the relegation zone, Kagera Sugar fans will be very worried about the coming weeks.

A change in coaches mid-way through the season has not seemed to have much of an effect on Kagera Sugar, and new head coach Francis Baraza has done a good job in preventing a downward spiral.

Kagera Sugar's last weekend home draw against Ihefu SC was a big missed chance.

The Kenyan coach will now look upon two crucial away games to secure safety.

Kagera Sugar has to win away to Polisi Tanzania to avoid making their last game away to Coastal Union a relegation shootout.

Victory would, at the very least, rule out automatic relegation.

Former giants Mtibwa Sugar have endured a terrible League campaign by their standards.

Sitting just outside the relegation zone, but three wins in the last four games have given them some momentum heading into the crunch period.

They will finish the campaign with a trip to Dodoma to face JKT Tanzania and Dodoma Jiji FC.

A win removes any reliance on other results. Matching the teams below them will also see them over the line.

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