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Seven NPL clubs in relegation dog fight

03 May 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
African Stars have already sealed the Namibia Premier League (NPL) title a fortnight ago, but tension remains at the bottom of the table with a number of a high profile teams still fighting for their lives.
The 2017/2018 premiership comes to an end this weekend with some high profile teams in danger of losing their top flight status.
Blue Waters in 13th place (32 points), Civics in 12th place (32 points), Orlando Pirates in 11th position (33 points), Eleven Arrows in 10th place (33 points), Citizens in 9th place (34 points) and Life Fighters in 8th place (34 points) all have a mathematical chance of being relegated this weekend, joining Chief Santos and Rundu Chiefs who have already been relegated.
Three teams are relegated to the unfashionable world of first division football at the end of the season.
As it stands, Young Chiefs of Oshakati in 14th position with 28 points are the prime candidates to be relegated.
Young Chiefs will entertain Citizens on Saturday before taking on UNAM on Sunday, while coastal side Blue Waters will play against Civics on Saturday in Windhoek before they lock horns with African Stars on Sunday.
 Civics’ other match is against another coastal side, Eleven Arrows.
Orlando Pirates will take on Tigers on Saturday and Tura Magic the next day.
A high scoring win (at least five goals without conceding) and a draw might see Young Chiefs survive the dreaded chop provided that Blue Waters do not win a single match.
Young Chiefs has a goal difference of -8 compared to Blue Waters’ -4.
But one win for Blue Waters will be enough to secure survival even if Young Chiefs win their remaining two matches as they can only finish the season on 34 points.
Like Blue Waters, Civics, Eleven Arrows, Citizens, Life Fighters and Pirates each only need a single win to survive relegation.
Civics have a goal difference of +4, while Pirates goal difference is -4 and Arrows has a goal difference of 0.
Citizens cannot afford to slip up this weekend because of their inferior goal difference of -12 compared to Young Chiefs -8. This means that if Young Chiefs win the remaining two matches and Citizens loses both matches, Young Chiefs will survive.
Similarly, if Young Chiefs win their remaining two matches and Life Fighters loses both their matches then the Oshakati based club will still be playing premier league football next season.
Life Fighters have the same goal difference as Young Chiefs heading into the weekend’s matches.
Life Fighters will play two home matches in Otjiwarongo against Tura Magic on Saturday and Tigers on Sunday.

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