Three horses still in Safa-NMB race

THE three-horse race for the Safa-NMB premier league soccer title will continue this weekend, with the frontrunners favoured to win their matches.

Motherwell outfit Young Ideas, who head the table by four points from Fairview Rovers with 13 matches remaining, play a vastly improved Island City at the NU9 Stadium.

City beat Ikamva Movers 3-2 last week to move to fifth on the log.

On current form, Rovers are poised to win the league title, but coach Brendon Prince is not getting carried away.

“It is too early to talk about winning the league,” Prince said. “We [the management team of Prince, Aslam Sydow, Ashie Prince and Hayden Prince] are working hard at instilling a winning mentality in the boys and it is paying off.”

Rovers are unbeaten in their last nine matches and their last defeat was against the log-leaders in mid-November.

Showvillage United will be no pushovers when they play Tomorrow Rovers at the NU9 Stadium in Motherwell.

Although Showville are 11th, they held Rovers to a 1-1 draw in the first round and are unbeaten in their last four matches.

Lion City, the only other team in contention for league honours, should have the beating of Ikamva Movers at the NU2 Stadium. In the first round they won 4-1.

Callies, who effectively dropped out of the league race when they lost 2-1 to Central Acemates last week, play Despatch Pioneers at the Zwide Stadium.

Acemates will be hoping to continue their winning streak when they play tailenders Camper United.

Meanwhile, the two Walmer teams will spend the rest of the season playing for pride and trying to avoid relegation.

Ghetto Stars are 10th, 22 points off the pace, while Peace United are even worse off, a further eight points behind Stars.

Unless there is a dramatic improvement in their fortunes, they will be relegated. They are one place above bottom-placed Camper United.

Stars face a tough match against Royal Bucks at the NU9 Stadium in Motherwell.

Although they drew 0-0 in the first round, current form favours Bucks.

Peace are at home to Highland Spurs at the Walmer High field. In the first round the visitors won 2-0 and must be favoured to win again. The fixtures are: Callies v Despatch Pioneers (Zwide Stadium), Central Acemates v Camper United (NU9 Stadium), Lion City v Ikamva Movers (NU2 Stadium), Motherwell Academy v Hotspurs (Kemsley Park), Peace United v Highland Spurs (Walmer High), Royal Bucks v Ghetto Stars (NU9 Stadium), Showvillage United v Fairview Rovers (NU9), Young Ideas v Island City (NU9)

-Mogan Segadavan

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