UBUNTU CAPE TOWN are desperate to remain in the National First Division (NFD) come end of the season.
The Cape Town-based club survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, as it took superior goal difference to help them secure their spot in the league.
But they don’t seem to have learnt their lesson, they again find themselves fighting hard to avoid dropping to the third tier of Mzansi football.
Statistics have not been kind to teams that have dropped out of the NFD.
Big teams such as Moroka Swallows and Santos have been struggling to make a comeback.
Ubuntu are on a mission to make sure that doesn’t happen to them. But they will have to get their act together fast if they are to survive.
Their task is becoming harder, as they are fast running out of games to turn things around as the season heads towards the end.
Teams are fighting for points – either to win promotion, qualify for play-offs or survive relegation.
Ubuntu goalie, Malcolm Jacobs, said they will fight tooth and nail to remain in the NFD.
He hopes they don’t leave it until late this time around.
They host the inconsistent University of Pretoria at Boland Stadium today (3.30pm).
Jacobs has described the game as a must-win.
The last time the two sides met, AmaTuks ran out 2-0 winners and Ubuntu have revenge in their sights.
“Everything is on the line,” he said.
“At this point, we’re not only playing for ourselves but our families as well. We can’t afford to let ourselves, the club and loved ones down.
“We got ourselves to this situation and have to get ourselves out of it.”
The former Highlands Parkshot-stopper said they have targeted 30 points as the magic number to guarantee them safety.
They’re currently sitting on 23 points from the same number of games.
“We still have five home games left this season, which means we have 15 points to play for,” added Jacobs.
“If we can win all our remaining home games, then I genuinely believe we’ll survive comfortably.”