This weekend, the first round of games for the league phase of the South West Regional championship calls curtains, with each team playing 6 games in Pool A B and C and 7 games in pool D.
Ahead of this final round 1 games, some teams are yet to register any point, while others have remained unbeaten. As a result, focus will be on statistical analysis of all 4 pool.
In pool A, Njalla Quan sports academy looked the overwhelming favorites on paper to top the charts, but Istanbul FA have been immaculate, picking up 16 out of 18 available points to ensure that they stay top of the standings after the half way stage. NQSA have only conceded once, in an encounter against the table toppers at the Molyko Omnisports stadium, dropping all 3 points which should have assured the team the number one spot on the table.
The Bimbia boys stay on 12 points and will be hoping to get at least 15, to put some daylight between themselves and the rest of the chasing pack. Meantime Aljazeera SA remain in the danger zone, bottom of pool A, having made just 1point all season. Club authorities have however claimed to be unbothered about the situation, stating that the team is in a transitional phase.
In pool B, Tiko United look to be miles at the top, yet to register a defeat with 13 points in the bag. The samba boys look confident in their quest to make the regional playoffs, but things can however quickly turn, with the likes of Continental FA, Best Stars Academy and Cinyodev logged in the same group and sharing the same objectives. Debut side, Dream Soccer Academy are finding it difficult to match up to the pace of the regional league, yet to win, yet to register a draw and with a goal difference of minus 11. They now have 7 games to save their season but paired with these top sides who themselves steal points from each other, makes the charge for safety, much more difficult. They presently sit on zero points, 5 away from the closest team, South West United.
Pool C could easily record the earliest representatives of mini Interpools, with ISOHSA picking up steam and running away from the rest, sitting on 13 points and with a final game still to play in the first round. Their dominance could leave only one more spot for the likes of Fako United, Prisons SC and Options SA to scramble for as far as the regional playoff is concerned. Bottom of pool C and perhaps bottom of the league generally, are Treviso Kings. The mutengene Kings seem to not know how to win games, or at the very least, win a point. With zero points on the charts, they look to be on a different league, negatively, with a goal difference of negative 17. But How could kings sit at the bottom? They have another round to secure their status.
In pool D, Kumba City are on red hot form, standing head and shoulders above the rest, with 15 points, losing only once this campaign in a game that featured an early red card. Logged in the 8 team group, the job seems a bit more difficult but backed by the Kumba council, it’s all green for the table toppers. their closest rivals are Nkamanyi FI who have accumulated 12 points but these two sides are far from securing the top spots, with the likes of Future Dream, Bright Stars and Legend FA breathing down their necks. While Kumba Lakers have picked up 1 win, NEMFA of Nguti have registered just the one point.
There still remains much to play for at both ends of every table and certainly, stakeholders a definitely aware of the stakes as the quest to represent the region intensifies.
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