THREE- HORSE RACE FOR THE SWAZI TRAC SUPER LEAGUE TITLE
The Swazi Trac Lubombo Super league race has reached its climax as three teams are still in competition for the championship which carries a ticket to the MTN National First division. Log leaders, Illovo FC, 2nd placed team Rail United FC and 3rd placed Ubombo Flyers FC are the teams who still have a chance of being crowned champions come the end of the football season. Currently Illovo have 67 points in 30 games while United, who have 2 games two games pending are at 61 points. Flyers have one game in hand with 60 points. Although Flyers have a mathematical chance of winning the title, the real battle is between Illovo and Rail United when considering that the latter could catch up with the leaders should they collect maximum points in the remaining games. For Flyers, it is a bit complex because they have to win all their remaining matches something which is obviously beyond their control. Interestingly, Illovo FC must win one game to reach 70 points and eliminate Flyers from the race as the latter could only manage to reach 69 points if they win all their remaining games. Illovo and United, who demonstrated consistency through the campaign, are surely bringing the race to an interesting ending.
Other than the fact that Illovo are six points clear on top, there is nothing much that separates the two sides. Rail United has a superior goal difference with 42 goals against Illovo’s 41. Both sides have been defeated three times and drew seven times. United have scored 59 goals while Illovo have scored scored 58 goals and conceded 58 goals and conceded 17 goals. With the head-to-head rule a determining factor in case of a tie, no team have an advantage in this aspect as they have played a stalement in the first and second round meeting. At the bottom of the log table, Mkhweli All Stars FC is rooted at the bottom with 11 points after 29 games.