Thanda must avoid the drop zone


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Amabhubesi have suffered consecutive defeats at the hands of the league'’ two top placed teams in the last week and although there is a four point buffer between them and 15th-placed Jomo Cosmos, the KwaZulu-Natal side would prefer to widen the gap rather than rely on it to keep them safe from the prospect of a drop to the National First Division.

Stars, though, have similar concerns and will be in a confident mood following their 2-0 win over northern rivals Black Leopards on Wednesday.

Phumudzo Manenzhe and Tshepo Ramokala found the back of the net for the Tycoons, whose inconsistent season sees them placed 12th on 21 points, although they have a game in hand on all but three of the 11 sides placed above them.

Thanda will hope the recapture the form that saw them defeat Kaizer Chiefs last week, but their confidence may have taken a knock after being totally outclassed by the league leaders Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday night.

Earlier in the season, Stars come from a goal down to defeat Thanda 2-1 at the Mafikeng Stadium and a repeat performance would see the Tycoons move into the relative safety of mid-table, while Thanda could leapfrog their opponents should they pick up all three points on offer.LAST FIVE RESULTS

Thanda:Date Opponent H/A Result20/02/08 Ajax Cape Town A L 0-316/02/08 SuperSport United H L 0-113/02/08 Kaizer Chiefs A W 1-022/12/07 Jomo Cosmos A W 2-115/12/07 BidVest Wits A L 0-1

Stars:20/02/08 Black Leopards H W 2-012/02/08 Golden Arrows H L 0-223/12/07 Santos H W 3-019/12/07 Mamelodi Sundowns A W 2-112/12/07 Orlando Pirates H D 1-1

League meetings since 2006/07

2006/07Stars 1 (Marumo) Benoni 0Benoni 0 Stars 0

2007/08Stars 2 (Ngalo, Marumo) Thanda 1 (Metsi)