By Michael Madyira
The 2022/23 Premier Soccer League campaign comes to an end on Saturday and it is a potentially explosive weekend with a lot still to play for.
Mamelodi Sundowns have already been confirmed as PSL champions and down the table, there are brutal battles for various positions.
Scrolla.Africa takes a look at what is at stake on this closing day of the league race.
CAF Champions League spot
This is the biggest prize after the league title already claimed by Sundowns and two teams are vying to finish the season as runners-up to the Brazilians.
It is an interesting battle between second-placed Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United who are third on the table.
The Gauteng sides are tied on 51 points and Pirates enjoy a superior goal difference but are yet to seal second position which guarantees a CAF Champions League spot.
The Buccaneers travel to AmaZulu while Matsatsantsa visit tricky Sekhukhune who held Pirates to a 1-1 draw last weekend.
Saturday is a day both sides will be looking for wins although the team that finishes third will have the consolation of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.
A number of teams are gunning to end the campaign in the top half of the standings.
Royal AM, TS Galaxy, Swallows, Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune and Stellenbosch are in this fight to be in the top eight and qualify for next season’s MTN8 competition.
It, however, looks more challenging for Royal AM and TS Galaxy who are respectively three and two points below the other teams that are tied on 37 points.
Royal AM visit KwaZulu-Natal rivals Richards Bay as the Rockets will be away at Stellenbosch.
This is a big fight involving two teams while the other will be inactive and watching with keen interest the events of the final day.
Basement side Chippa United host Arrows while 15th-placed Marumo Gallants visit Swallows.
To stay safe, Chippa need an outright victory while Gallants need at least a point to survive the chop.
Maritzburg United who are in position 13 have already concluded their campaign and will be benchmarking the Chilli Boys and Gallants.
Pictured above: Orlando Pirates players training
Image source: Orlando Pirates