MP ABC Motsepe League relegation battle starts to hot-up

Barberton City Stars player Sanele Dladla taking on Jubilant Mahalakane of Mphakathi Academy in one of their previous match.

With Acornbush United already crowned Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League champions, it is the battle to avoid relegation that will provide excitement with less than five games or so to go before the curtain falls in the 2016/17 season.
Every side in the division now has only five and four games left to play this season, and as things stand, there are five sides that are mathematically incapable of saving their campaign.
Read More:Acornbush crowned MP ABC Motsepe League champions with five games to spare
With Premier United already relegated, any one of the five teams above them could be relegated. These include Mphakathi Academy on 15th place with 24-points after 26-games, FC Benfica (14th place with25-points after 26-games), Mhluzi Black Rangers (13th place with 25-points after 25-games), Barberton City Stars (12th placed with 28-points after 26-games), Secunda Stars (11th placed with 30-points after 26-games) and FC Zone Mavo (10th placed with 30-points after 25-games).

Also Read: Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League week-21 wrap

The results on Saturday did little to clear up the situation. Only FC Benfica of the bottom five teams got maximum points, as there was frustration for the other four teams near the basement of the league.

Weekend full results:
Phiva Young Stars FC 1-1 Mlambo Royal Cubs FC

Witbank Citylads FC 3-1 Tjakastaad Junior Sheppards FC

FC Zone Mavo 1-1 Mhluzi Black Rangers FC

Mapulaneng United 1-0 Barberton City Stars

FC Benfica 0-1 TS Galaxy

Acornbush United 3-1 Forek Academy

Secunda Stars 2-1 Premier United

Mphakathi Academy 1-2 Lumoja FC

Mpumalanga ABC Motsepe League log standing correct as of Monday, March 20
Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Acornbush United FC 26 21 4 1 77 19 58 67
2 TS Galaxy FC 26 15 7 4 42 19 23 52
3 Phiva Young Stars FC 25 13 7 5 39 22 17 46
4 Witbank Citylads FC 26 12 8 6 49 29 20 44
5 Mlambo Royal Cubs FC 26 11 7 8 48 33 15 40
6 Tjakastaad Junior Sheppards 26 10 7 9 41 37 4 37
7 Mapulaneng United FC 25 11 4 10 34 41 -7 37
8 Lumoja FC 26 8 8 10 41 41 0 32
9 Forek Academy FC 25 9 4 12 33 41 -8 31
10 FC Zone Mavo 25 7 9 9 41 42 -1 30
11 Secunda Stars FC 26 7 9 10 21 33 -12 30
12 Barberton City Stars FC 25 8 4 13 30 40 -10 28
13 Mhluzi Black Rangers FC 25 5 10 10 29 34 -5 25
14 F.C Benfica 26 7 4 15 28 68 -40 25
15 Mphakathi Academy FC 26 6 6 14 25 45 -20 24
16 Premier United FC 24 2 6 16 23 57 -34 12

 

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