Cape Argus

Leopards relegated, Chippa, Stellies hang on

- ESHLIN VEDAN eshlin.vedan@inl.co.za

BLACK Leopards were confirmed as the first team to be relegated from the Premiershi­p following a 2-1 loss to Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium last night.

Leopards went into the game knowing they would need two wins from their last two games for a dramatic survival.

Their hopes would have been raised after Khomotso Masia put them ahead early on, but second-half goals from Fagrie Lakay and Abdul Ajagun killed Lidoda Duvha’s hopes of retaining their top-flight status.

A 10-man Chippa United missed the chance to break free from the relegation play-off position as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhand­ila at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. By avoiding defeat, Dylan Kerr's TTM ensured survival and a second consecutiv­e season in the Premiershi­p.

Chippa will now be fighting for their lives in their final game of the season at home to SuperSport United on Saturday as it will literally be a must-win game for them.

Stellenbos­ch’s 0-0 draw with TS Galaxy at the Danie Craven Stadium means that Steve Barker’s side will just need to avoid defeat in their final game of the season against Golden Arrows to ensure they retain their Premiershi­p status.

Maritzburg may have lost 2-0 to SuperSport, but as a result of their relegation threatened rivals failing to make the most of their opportunit­ies, all Ernst Middendorp's team need to do in their last game against AmaZulu is avoid a heavy loss.

Maritzburg were outplayed by SuperSport, whose striker Bradley Grobler bagged a brace. The result meant that the league’s top scorer Grobler moved to 15 goals and it would have eased the pressure on Matsatsant­sa coach Kaitano Tembo.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Peter Shalulile, who scored twice against Bloemfonte­in Celtic, will need another brace against City on Saturday if he is to usurp Grobler in the race for the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot award.

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