As the BTC Premier League reaches its thrilling climax, Saturday is set to be a defining day in the battle to avoid relegation.
In a quirky twist to the fixture list, the bottom four teams each face one of their fellow strugglers.
Mochudi Centre Chiefs take on Sankoyo Bush Bucks at Molepolole whilst Prisons XI host basement side Black Forest at Otse.
A single point separates Chiefs and Sankoyo, both of whom currently languish in the relegation zone, their league statuses hanging by the thinnest of threads.
For four-time league champions Magosi, a loss combined with three points for Prisons XI would send them crashing out of the top flight with a game still left to play.
The crisis-hit club go into the crucial encounter in terrible form, with just one win and five points from their last nine outings.
Chiefs’ confidence suffered a further blow on Wednesday night when they were completely outplayed by league leaders Township Rollers.
The game finished 4-0, with Chiefs Coach, Zaahid Jalal admitting the score-line flattered his team.
“Rollers could have scored many goals,” he conceded bluntly, blasting his defence for their feeble performance.
The Kgatleng giants looked more like dwarfs, torn apart by a Tumisang Orebonye hat-trick, with Kago Monyake grabbing Popa’s other goal.
Attempting to salvage some hope amid the gloom, Jalal went on to say, “We need to work hard in the last two games so that we collect six points to avoid relegation. It is going to be tough but we need to be focused. We are a good side and I know my players are capable of helping the team to maintain Premier League status.”
Turning his attention to Bush Bucks, Jalal said, “Our game against Sankoyo is going to be difficult, it is a must win because if we lose we are out.”
However, despite his fighting talk, on Thursday Jalal stepped down as Magosi coach, citing the abuse he received from fans after the Rollers hiding as the reason for his abrupt decision.
Enos Mmesi is the man tasked with rescuing Chiefs disastrous season. Mmesi will take charge of the club’s remaining two fixtures, which includes Gaborone United on the final day of the season.
For Bush Bucks, who are two points adrift of safety, a repeat of their 2-1 triumph over Chiefs back in December would give their faltering survival bid a desperately needed boost.
The Maun-based side have picked up just two points from their last four games – a run that comes after they had won two on the bounce.
With their final game against Top8-chasing Extension Gunners, a win against Chiefs is a must if they are to have a realistic chance of avoiding the drop.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Gaborone, Prisons XI take on bottom club Black Forest in what is a must-win game for both teams.
The half-three kick-off pits the league’s worst two defences against each other; between them, the two sides have conceded 104 goals in 56 matches
Even if results go their way and they manage to win their last two games, Forest’s inferior goal difference would still see them relegated back to First Division South after three eventful years in the elite division.
Prisons meanwhile start the day a point above Chiefs and know they can’t afford any slip-ups against Forest.
The margins are fine, the stakes huge and the pressure massive – the perfect ingredients for a fascinating day of football!