PORT Elizabeth soccer team Highbury will clash with OR Tambo in a Safa Eastern Cape Second Division match at the NMMU Second Avenue campus sports field in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.
Struggling Highbury are third from the bottom of the league with three points after having played nine games. They have lost six and drawn three of their matches.
They opened the year after a break on a disappointing note when they played to a dull 1-1 draw against Cloud Nine in King William's Town last weekend.
This weekend's game is considered to be the clash of the bottom sides because 16th-placed Tambo have lost all six of their league games.
Highbury coach Garth Dickinson said preparations for the match were on track after they played a friendly game against 2013 Afcon Cup campaigners Niger on Tuesday night.
"I was impressed with the boys when they held the African nation to a goalless draw but I'm still concerned about the finishing. It is still early to talk about relegation because the league is a long race and we could topple the leading pack by the end of the season."
Dickinson said there were only four weeks left before the start of the second round of the league and the team needed to pick up points before the first-round break to move away from the danger zone at the bottom of the standings.
Meanwhile, Bay Stars manager Nicholas Myataza said the team were expected to play against Mthatha Liverpool at the Mthatha Sportsfield. The match is scheduled for tomorrow at 3pm.
But Stars' management are uncertain about the Liverpool side because, for reasons unknown, they have not honoured their last five league games.
"We don't want to waste the club's resources for a game that will not be taking place, hence we are waiting for Safa Eastern Cape to give us a way forward," Myataza. "We will hear from Safa whether we should honour this game or not."