Cape Town Spurs have been promoted to the DStv Premiership while Maritzburg United have been relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship. This follows a 0-0 result in the PSL Promotion playoffs match at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Spurs topped the Promotion mini-league table with 10 points. Thanks to three solitary-goal victories before defying a second-half onslaught from a Maritzburg team backed by a capacity 12 000 crowds.

Cape Town Spurs promoted, Maritzburg United relegated
Maritzburg United against Cape Town Spurs

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Maritzburg needed a win to retain their Premiership status. But they could not unlock a Spurs side that defended in depth as tiredness set in.

CAPE TOWN SPURS PROMOTED, MARITZBURG UNITED RELEGATED

“Our warrior spirit saw us through,” said tearful Spurs coach Shaun Bartlett.

“The legs of our older players were close to collapsing. But they were determined to see us into the top flight and dug deep,” he said.

A DStv Premiership club get an R5.5 million pre-season allowance and a monthly R2.5 million grant. The first prizes totaling R30 million. A Motsepe Foundation Championship club receives R1.5 million each before the season kicks off. R750,000 a month and the league winners pocket R5 million.

Goals from Rowan Human and Rafiq De Goede secured Maritzburg United a well deserved 2-0 victory over Casric Stars in a PSL Promotion Playoffs on Saturday afternoon at the Solomon Mahlangu stadium.

The Team of Choice’s win increases their chances of finishing at the top of this mini tournament and keeping their status in the DStv Premiership next season.

ALSO READ: Maritzburg top PSL promotion playoffs log

United showed their hunger very early in the match, but could not find a way to break the Casric’s defence. After those missed several great chances, Rowan Human scored his third goal in the three-team competition.

Casric came back as a changed team from the break. They piled up pressure on the KwaZulu-Natal outfit, but they were unlucky not to score. Maritzburg’s Defender Rafiq De Goede made sure to silence all the threats when he scored the second goal for his side.

The result at least gave Fadlu Davids’ side a hope of getting a chance to keep their top flight status. The Team of Choice are second in the standings with six points from three matches. Meanwhile, log leaders Cape Town Spurs have accumulated nine points in three games.

Maritzburg United hold up in PSL Promotion Playoffs
Maritzburg United against Casric Stars

MARITZBURG UNITED HOLD UP

The Team of Choice and Spurs are now tied on three-all goal difference. They both won their game against Casric Stars who came in today’s game just to honour their fixture as they were already out of the promotion race.

It will be a do or die in the final match when Maritzburg welcomes the Western Cape club at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday, 14 June 2023. The match is set for 19h30.

Should Maritzburg win, they will stay in the Premiership, and if Cape Town Spurs come out victorious, they will get promotion to the top league.

By Clifton Mabasa

DStv Premiership Maritzburg United suffered their first loss in the PSL promotion playoffs after a 1-0 defeat by Cape Town Spurs at Athlone Stadium.

The Team of Choice came into the match having won their first game against Casric Stars 2-0 on Wednesday evening. On the other side, Cape Town Spurs also defeated Casric Stars by a goal to nil on Sunday.

MARITZBURG UNITED SUFFER LOSS TO CAPE TOWN SPURS

Before the loss, Maritzburg United were on top of the mini-log table. But now they have dropped to position number two. Michael Morton scored the winning goal for the Urban Warriors in the 16th minute.

Maritzburg United lose to Cape Town Spurs in a crucial PSL Promotion playoffs match
Cape Town Spurs fans

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Maritzburg didn’t have even a single shot on target for the whole game during the loss. The Urban Warriors had four shots on target and they managed to score at least one goal in their four shots on targets. Maritzburg United will now visit Casric Stars next Wednesday at Solomon Mahlangu Stadium.

By Banele Hlakanyana

Maritzburg United secured all three points against Casric Stars FC to go top of the PSL Promotion Playoffs at Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Team of Choice beat the Motsepe Foundation Championship side 2-0.

Rowen Human’s first-half two goals were enough for the Team of Choice to seal the much-needed victory

MARITZBURG UNITED GO TOP AFTER CASRIC WIN

Maritzburg are in the promotion playoffs after finishing 15th in the DStv Premiership with 30 points. Their 1-1 draw against Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the last match was not enough to avoid the playoffs.

Maritzburg United top PSL promotion playoffs league
Bonginkosi Makume

Casric Stars on the other hand have now also lost two games in a row. They lost the opening match 1-0 to Cape Town Spurs at Solomon Mahlangu Stadium. On-form forward Ashley Cupido scored the winning goal for Spurs.

PSL PROMOTION PLAYOFFS BATTLE CONTINUE

Maritzburg will now face Spurs in a PSL Promotion playoffs top of the log at Athlone Stadium on Saturday at 15:00. This will be an important game for Fadlu Davids and his team in their pursuit to return to the DStv Premiership for the 2023/24 season.

Remaining playoffs fixtures:

Cape Town Spurs v Maritzburg United 

Cape Town Spurs v Casric Stars 

Casric Stars v Maritzburg United 

Maritzburg United v Cape Town Spurs

 By Banele Hlakanyana  

The former Black Leopards FC and Highlands Park FC goalkeeper, Vincent Moto believes that Maritzburg United FC will survive relegation. The Team of Choice had been given another opportunity to save their status through the promotion playoffs.

They finished the league in position 15 with 30 points. They will have Casric Stars and Cape Town Spurs in a mini three-team league from May 28 to 14 June.

EX KEEPER TIPS MARITZBURG UNITED TO SURVIVE

Moto, who played in the PSL for Leopards and now-defunct Highlands Park, insists Maritzburg won’t go down.

“Yes, they had a bad season. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out in their favour. They were unlucky in most games because they displayed good football just that results didn’t favour them,” Moto said.

Ex Black Leopards keeper Moto tips Maritzburg United to survive
Maritzburg United tipped to survive

“Yes, they will survive. They got a chance which is a second chance of course to fight for their DStv [Premiership] status. But it’s not gonna be a walk in the park, they have to dig bigger.”

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Maritzburg started the season with John Maduka but the club decided to terminate his contract in November last year. They decided to rope in coach Fadlu Davids after he had a short stint with FC Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia. Davids was the assistant coach of Josef Zinnbauer and they previously worked together at Orlando Pirates FC.

The Team of Choice will play their first game of the PSL promotional playoffs against Casric FC on 31 May at Harry Gwala Stadium.

By Banele Hlakanyana

Maritzburg United remain in relegation trouble as Mamelodi Sundowns were held during the DStv Premiership matches on Wednesday.

Maritzburg were held to a 2-2 draw by fellow strugglers Marumo Gallants at the Harry Gwala Stadium. The result means Maritzburg remains at the bottom of the log while Gallants are third from the bottom.

The PSL relegation battle has also taken a new twist after Chippa United’s 3-2 win against Richards Bay. The Chilli Boys came from 2-0 down to secure the much-needed victory for the Eastern Cape side.

MARITZBURG UNITED IN RELEGATION TROUBLE

These results also meant Richards Bay are now in further danger of relegation. The DStv Premiership newcomers have now gone 17 matches without a win.

MAMELODI SUNDOWNS HELD IN DSTV PREMIERSHIP CLASH

At the top of the log, Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 2-2 draw by AmaZulu at King Goodwill Zwelithini stadium.

Sundowns goals were scored by Bongani Zungu and Peter Shalulile while Usuthu fought back via Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Sede Dion.

The draw was the sixth of the season for Masandawana whose form domestically has been inconsistent.

They have only won once in the last DStv Premiership matches. Their lead at the top is 16 points above second-placed Orlando Pirates. The Buccaneers played to a 1-1 draw against Royal AM at Orlando Stadium.

DStv Premiership wrap: Maritzburg United in trouble, Mamelodi Sundowns held
Sekhukhune United held by TS Galaxy in Polokwane

Earlier on, late drama saw Sekhukhune United held to a 1-1 draw by TS Galaxy at Peter Mokaba Stadium. Sekhukhune looked set to clinch maximum points until a late Given Msimango penalty gave Galaxy a much-needed point.

Babina Noko opened the scoring via Chibuike Ohizu also via a penalty.

Marumo Gallants have secured the services of the former Stellenbosch FC striker Judas Moseamedi on a six-month deal.

Moseamedi joins Bahlabane ba Ntwa as a free agent after parting ways with the Stellies during the FIFA World Cup break.

Moseamedi joined the Western Cape based outfit at the beginning of the 2021/22 season. He made 32 appearances while scoring six goals.    

The 28-year-old struggled for game- time at Stellies this season as he only made six appearances for the club. He came on as a substitute in all the six matches he played failing to make any real contribution.

The burly striker trained with Richards Bay and Maritzburg United this month after his Stellenbosch exit. But nothing came out of the trials with the two KZN clubs.

JUDAS MOSEAMEDI EXCITED ABOUT MARUMO DEAL

“I feel very excited to be part of Marumo Gallants family,” Moseamedi told the club’s media department.

“I am looking forward to making my debut for the club. So that I can help the team to score more goals,” he said.

“I think we have to support each other and if we can support each other, we can be able to score important goals and give it our all to the team and make our supporters happy.”

MARUO HOIPING TO EXTEND MOSEAMEDI CONTRACT

In a statement on Wednesday, the club said the contract is valid for a six-month period subject for renewal at the end of the season.

“Marumo Gallants F. C. is delighted to secure the services of the former Stellenbosch F. C striker Judas Moseamedi.

“The Limpopo born goal poacher could not hide his excitement after penning down a six-month contract with Bahlabane ba Ntwa which is subject to renewal at the end of the season, we wish him all the best and hope he will be a great asset to the team” the club tweeted.

Marumo will be next in action when they visit AmaZulu on Saturday, 21 January at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

By Robert Matakanye

DStv Premiership strugglers Maritzburg United have announced the signing of three new players, including Kwame Peprah to beef up their squad

Maritzburg have found the going tough during the current season. They are currently bottom of the log with 14 points from 15 matches. The club has also changed their coaching staff with Fadlu Davids returning in place of John Maduka.

MARITZBURG ANNOUNCE TRIO

The new players roped in at the team of Choice are Ali Meza, Bradley Cross and Kwame Peprah.

“Maritzburg United Football Club are delighted to announce the acquisitions of Ali Meza, Bradley Cross and Kwame Peprah,” the club announced on Thursday.

“Meza and Cross will join the Team of Choice on permanent deals whilst Peprah arrives on loan from Orlando Pirates,” they said.

KWAME PEPRAH REUNITES WITH DAVIDS

Peprah joins from the Buccaneers where he had a decent first season under Davids and Mandla Ncikazi.

But the 22-year-old Ghanaian has found life tough in this campaign under new coach Jose Riveiro.

He made just six appearances in all competitions and has played just 109 minutes. Peprah’s contract with Pirates is coming to an end in June 2024.

Maritzburg United new signings
Maritzburg United new signings

Meza, on the other hand, left Maritzburg last January to join Bolivian club Always Ready. He only played in three official matches.

Before his move to Maritzburg in 2020, the 31-year-old also spent two seasons at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Bradley Cross is also not a stranger to South Africa football circles. He recently had unsuccessful trials at both Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United.

The 21-year-old centre back has played for Mpumalanga Black Aces, Bidvest Wits reserves, Schalke 04 and Newcastle United U23 side.

Maritzburg will battle it out with Royal AM in the KZN derby on Sunday, 15 January. The clash will be followed up by another KZN derby against Golden Arrows on Saturday, 21 January.

DStv Premiership side Maritzburg United have completed the signing of former Stellenbosch FC defender Rafiq De Goede.

De Goede parted ways with Stellies during the World Cup break in December.

The centre back made 10 appearances across all competitions before the World Cup break.

“Maritzburg United Football Club is delighted to announce the new addition of De Goede. The former @StellenboschFC skipper’s athleticism makes him a quick and physical Centre Back.,” the club announced on Wednesday.

Rafiq de Goede unveiled by Maritzburg
de Goede unveiled by Maritzburg

RAFIQ DE GOEDE BISS LOSS TO STELLIES

The 29-year-old helped Stellenbosch to qualify for MTN 8 last season for the first time in club history and also captained the side several times.

The Team of Choice next game is against Marumo Gallants in the DStv Premiership on Saturday 7 January at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

By Robert Matakanye

Maritzburg United have completed the signing of former Orlando Pirates defender Wayde Jooste on a free transfer.

The Port Elizabet born player had joined Pirates from Highlands Park in October 2020 but was released ahead of the current season.

WAYDE JOOSTE REUNITES WITH DAVIDS

However, he has now linked up with former Bucs co-head coach Fadlu David’s at the Team of Choice.

Jooste had also spent time training with SuperSport United before reuniting with his former coach.

The 31-year-old could make his competitive debut against TS Galaxy tomorrow.