All but three DSTV Premiership clubs are completing their campaigns for the 2021/2022 season this weekend. The main interest will be in the fight between Cape Town, Royal AM and Kaizer Chief for second place to secure a place in the CAF Champions League next season.
At the other end of the log one of the three sides, TS Galaxy, Swallows or Baroka, could face the chop. Champions Mamelodi Sundowns will receive their trophy after a clash with Royal AM on Saturday afternoon.
This weekend the three lower sides are expecting tough matches. A distinctive state match between Maritzburg United and Baroka. Bakgaga has avoided defeat in their last three matches and this is the momentum they will hope to continue.
Although next season the best teams are almost certain to compete in the Premier League, they will beware of losing points. KwaZulu-Natal is one of the teams that will finish the season only next week.
Despite the game in reserve, Ernst Midendorp’s team will be a tough confrontation for Baroque. “Our approach is not changing, Baroque is fighting for their lives, we also need to take away points, and that is our focus, of course, with the crowd behind. We need to use what we need to step them up by playing good football, showing good results and gaining points in our last home game, ”said Maritzburg United assistant coach Maaher Davids.
In the Sauet derby between Kaiser Chiefs and Swallows will be at stake more than honor. Dube Birds will need extra motivation to end the season after a boring campaign by winning the fewest games in the league. Their last match is to preserve their status. Amahosi plans to return to the continental club competition, but after an inconsistent season left things to the last minute.
“If you look back at how we started, this season was promising, although we had games in which we think we should have easily collected maximum points, but we didn’t, and that’s the consequences,” he says. Kaiser head coach Arthur Zwein.
Eric Tinkler’s arrival in Cape Town has turned the club’s fortunes and they are on the verge of their best finish since their inception.
It will be an even more enjoyable achievement if they wrap it up in the Cape derby against Stellenbosch. But Steve Barker also feels he has something to play for. It was a promising season for the Stellies, who are aiming to finish in the top four.
“One of the key things I want to include in our players is consistency, to be able to continue a big win over Sundown’s and another great performance, and hopefully another positive result against Cape Town will show that there was such consistency.” says Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker.
Champion Mamelodi Sundowns lifts the league trophy for the fifth time in a row. They successfully defended their title, leaving four matches. After the last two disappointing results, the Brazilians will try to end in victory. But they face Royal AM, who doesn’t want to lose points to try to get into the top two in their debut season.