July 20, 2024

RELEGATED: Marumo Gallants’ Week Of Hell

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Marumo Gallants eliminated from Caf confederation’s cup and relegated from the DSTV Premiership in the same week.

FILE PHOTO: Celimpilo Ngema reacts with disappointment as Marumo Gallants are relegated. PICTURE: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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JOHANNESBURG: Marumo Gallants have been relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship after suffering a 2-0 loss to Swallows FC.

The 2022/23 DSTV Premiership league season has come and gone, as the final round of matches were played on Saturday. With clubs jostling for different spots, the final seven fixtures delivered goals, drama and entertainment.

They jostled for coveted spots in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champion League and the CAF Confederation Cup at the top, the Top Eight in the middle, and survival at the bottom. Orlando Pirates will join the reigning champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, in the CAF champions league next season after thrashing Amazulu FC 4-0, thereby retaining its second position in the domestic league.

Therefore, the third-placed SuperSport United and the Nedbank Cup finalists, Sekhukhune United, will play in the Confederation Cup.

In the middle, Moroka Swallows defeated Marumo Gallants by 2-0 to book a spot in the top eight. In doing so, it relegated the CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals to the Motsepe Foundation Championship, a second-tier league, on the one hand, and saved Maritzburg United from automatic relegation on the other hand. 

The Team of Choice, which finished in the 15th position, has been thrown a lifeline to retain its Premier Soccer League (PSL) status through promotional playoffs against Cape Town Spurs and Casric Stars, a two-legged round-robin competition in which a winner either retains or gets promoted to the DSTV Premiership for the following season.

It was a bad week for Gallants, which required a point against the Dube Birds to avoid automatic relegation. It went to its last match having lost 4-1 (on aggregate) to Young Africans, a Tanzanian side, in the CAF Confederation Cup. 

In fact, Bahlabani Ba Ntwa had two contradictory runs in one season, an impressive run in the Confederation Cup and a disastrous run in the PSL. It won five matches in the domestic league and collected 29 points in 30 matches. 

Incidentally, coaches of the top three clubs, namely Rhulani Mokwena, Jose Riveiro and Gavin Hunt respectively have been nominated for a coach of the season accolade. 

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chief suffered its 12th loss in the league at the hands of Cape Town City. Amakhosi also lost their fourth position to City, thereby dropping to the fifth position, followed by Stellenbosch FC, Sekhukhune United and Moroka Swallows in the Top Eight. 

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