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Limpopo soccer at the highest level continued to walk the knife edge with some results triggering shockwaves all-round.
The gravest concern was that the much-loved Baroka FC, which campaigns in the multi-million rand Professional Soccer League (PSL), have now lost two games in succession.
Next Tuesday 24 April Baroka FC, who went down 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns and then lost 2-0 to Maritzburg United in a matter of just over a week, have an away date with the equally-wounded Ajax Cape Town.
Baroka FC is going steady at ninth position on the log standings, while the Capetonians have the relegation axe hovering above the team at number 15 on the PSL league log standings.
Baroka FC also have to fight for a place in the lucrative MTN 8 tournament.
Also in serious trouble is Polokwane City FC, who have an away fixture against tough-as-teak Bidvest Wits on Saturday 22 April.
Marksman Rodney Ramagalela was expected to lead the Polokwane warriors in this do-or-die battle.
Mixed fortunes continued to be the order of the day for Limpopo’s National First Division (NFD) campaigners, Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandela FC and Black Leopards FC, both based in Thohoyandou.
The favourites for promotion into the higher ranks, Black Leopards FC, triggered gasps across ther province when David Thidiela’s charges were beaten 2-0 by unfancied Witbank Spurs FC recently.
The Thohoyandou darlings were scheduled to host Richards Bay FC on Saturday 21 April.
Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandela FC had an away date with Super Eagles FC at Bethlehem’s Goble Park Stadium.
Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandela FC is at number six on the NFD league log standings at 37 points, while Super Eagles FC is at number 11 at 30 points.
Should Baroka FC and Polkwane FC hang in there as campaigners in the professional ranks, and should Black Leopards FC qualify and do well in the promotional play-offs, then the Limpopo province have a real chance of being representeted at the highest level by three homegrown teams.
6 months ago 19 April 2018