Exciting times have arrived as it is has come to that time of the season where supporters will be looking to see which teams make it out of the relegation zone battle, who will earn a spot in the Top Eight and who will walk away with the league title.
SportPesa ambassador Doctor Khumalo is hyped up as the remaining games will have some chewing their nails with the anticipation.
“Happy days are back! It is that time of the season where we take out our calculators to determine who is going down, who will be making the Top Eight bracket and, more importantly, who is winning the championship. It is exciting times and I’m sure everyone will agree with me that the season has reached the business end now.
“I think, looking at the log standings, what transpired in the last two games has changed a lot in terms of the standings, especially the chasing pack. I would like to believe that if we were to talk about the chasing pack, we’d be talking from number one to number six because the teams sitting sixth up to eighth have the same number of points (29) and are only separated by goal difference. As things stand, no one can really say it is obvious who is going to do what. Having said that, only time will tell who finishes where because I believe the Nedbank Cup games that are still coming will have a bearing on what happens in the league.
“This is exactly the way we want things to be, where we don’t have an outright winner or obvious relegation candidate, which keeps things exciting and interesting. We have two midweek fixtures and then continue on the weekend, which should paint an even clearer picture of what is to come. If one team manages to win two games on the trot, regardless of where they are, it will go a long way in enhancing their chances of achieving their goals.
“Simply put, there’s still a lot to play for and no one can safely claim anything as yet. Any game played from now on will be like a cup final for every team – that’s just how important the next few games are going to be. I think, based on the results, we might have something to say by the time we get to next week. We are not too sure who will be securing their place in the top half of the table because even that is still too close to tell, at this stage.”
Khumalo went on to talk about the log standings and what is happening at the other half of the table.
To check out what the Bafana Bafana legend had to say about the rest of the fixtures for the season, grab yourself a copy of this week’s edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1112.