Chippa thrown into relegation scrap

2015-05-04 13:22
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Cape Town - With two matches left to play in the 2014/15 season, Chippa United have been thrown into the thick of the PSL relegation battle along with current basement dwellers Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu.

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The Port-Elizabeth based side, rocked by the shock departure of coach Mich d'Vray following their 2-0 defeat to Free State Stars, now sit just just two points above Moroka Swallows on the PSL table.

On Friday, Swallows secured an invaluable win 1-0 win over Maritzburg United to increase their hopes of finishing outside of the bottom two and securing another year in the top-flight of the local game.

As it stands, AmaZulu are in last placed with 24 points, the Dube Birds are in 15th place on 27 points and Chippa United have 29 points - all sides having played 28 games.

Chippa United now face desperate times, with a head coach at the helm, as they could quite easily find themselves in the promotion/relegation playoff with a yet to be decided National First Division side. 

AmaZulu's loss against SuperSport United in their last outing means Usuthu will need two wins, and a few favours, to have any chance of escaping from the relegation zone.

Swallows - who looked like certainties to finish in the bottom two a week or so ago - now found themselves with fate, presumably, in their own hands as they have arguably the easier run in. 

The Soweto side face Ajax Cape Town away and then Bloemfontein Celtic at home while Chippa United must travel to face Black Aces and then entertain the league champions, Kaizer Chiefs, on the final day of the league. Two difficult fixtures which could yield little success for the crisis club.

Being relegated from the PSL has dire consequences for any club with a spot in the PSL is worth approximately R20 million in PSL grants.

Remaining fixtures:

14. Chippa United - Black Aces (A), Kaizer Chiefs (H)

15. Moroka Swallows - Ajax Cape Town (A), Bloemfontein Celtic (H) 

16. AmaZulu - AmaTuks (A), Maritzburg United (H)

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