Tuesday 11 May 2021
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NPL relegation battle reaches climax

The winner of the MTC Namibia Premier League is confirmed, however, the three teams that will be relegated this weekend remain a mystery.
The relegation battle is set to go down to the wires with five teams still uncertain whether they will ply their trade in the country’s flagship league next season.
Unam FC, Rundu Chiefs, Citizens, Young Chiefs,     United Stars, Julinho Sporting and Flamingoes FC could face the chop if results do not go their way. Three teams will be relegated.
In fact, if Young Chiefs, Citizens, Rundu Chiefs and Unam win their remaining games, it will automatically mean United Stars, Julinho Sporting and Flamingoes FC are relegated.
Tigers won the league last week with three games to go, while Black Africa has secured second spot.
As the league draws to a close, teams occupying the spots at the bottom-end of the log have been preparing tirelessly to avoid the axe, seeing that most of them know how hard it is to gain promotion from the lower leagues.
“We are going in to win both games. The players are ready and motivated to win. And if we are relegated, it is all part of football. We will start all over again,” said Kandunda Pinehas, United Stars coach.
Julinho Sporting has to win at least all games to get 32 points in order to survive league axing. This is provided that Citizens perform in their favour. They face Rundu Chiefs on Saturday and Young Chiefs on Sunday.
“It is difficult when it comes to this time of the league. It’s all or nothing. The players are ready and motivated to take on the remaining games like it is a cup final,” said Julinho coach Nelson Luis.
Bottom placed Flamingoes have already been written off by soccer analysts, although mathematically they can still stay up should they win the last two games and results from other matches play in their favor.
The teams currently stuck in the relegation zone have tricky games this weekend.
Flamingoes face Eleven Arrows and Blue Waters, Julinho will face Rundu Chiefs and Young Chiefs while United Stars face Young Chiefs and Rundu Chiefs.

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