Ubuntu Cape Town did what they had to do by defeating Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila at Parow Park on Sunday afternoon – and then Lady Luck flashed a broad smile their way as other results favoured them, and the Mother City club narrowly avoided relegation from the National First Division (NFD).
Ubuntu defeated TTM 3-1 with goals from Rodwill Bezuidenhout, Siyambonga Madikane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi – and afterwards, as the other results trickled in, and the Cape club’s safety was confirmed, there was a huge outpouring of emotion in Parow.
It has been a difficult trek for Ubuntu in their debut season in the NFD, but they’ve shown, especially in the second half of the season and their fantastic run in the Nedbank Cup, that they have what it takes to compete at this level.
The win over TTM placed Ubuntu third-from-bottom on the NFD standings, with the two relegation places falling to Mthatha Bucks and Super Eagles.
At the top, NFD champions Highlands Park came to Cape Town and defeated Stellenbosch FC 3-0 to confirm their status as by far the best team in the division this season.
Afterwards, they were handed the league trophy and the players handed their winners’ medals.
Also, after the last game of the season on Sunday, the promotion playoff spots were decided – and the two teams will be Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards.
These two clubs will join the side finishing second-last on the PSL log in a three-way promotion playoff, with the winner securing a place in next season’s top-flight league.
Meanwhile, Cape Town All Stars signed off their last game as a Cape club with a 2-1 win over Real Kings in Durban.
All Stars have been sold and will campaign in Gauteng next season as Swallows FC.