Milano miss out on playoffs

2016-05-24 06:00
Zaakir Williams of Santos (left) heads the ball away from the FC Cape Town’s Siphelele Hleleni in their National First Division match played at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday. The Parow-based club won the final league fixture of the season 2-1. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Zaakir Williams of Santos (left) heads the ball away from the FC Cape Town’s Siphelele Hleleni in their National First Division match played at the Athlone Stadium on Sunday. The Parow-based club won the final league fixture of the season 2-1. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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Milano United have missed the chance to gain promotion from the National First Division (NFD) after being held to a 1-1 draw in their final league match against Baroka FC.

Milano needed to beat Baroka and hope results elsewhere went their way in order to sneak into the promotion/relegation playoffs for a coveted spot in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) next season and they seemed to have aided their cause after Mzwanele Mahashe opened the scoring to give the lead, which they carried through to half-time. However, they would be pegged back by Baroka’s Thabiso Kutumela to give the hosts a valuable point which saw them claim the NFD title and gain automatic promotion to the PSL next season.

The result meant that Milano United finished sixth on the table, five points from a potential third place finish, which would have seen them qualify for the playoffs.

In other results on Sunday, Santos, already assured of NFD survival, succumbed to a spirited FC Cape Town at Athlone Stadium, while Cape Town All Stars could not provide Milano with a much-needed favour when they lost to Mbombela United at the Kanyamazane Stadium.

Other results from the final day of the NFD:

Witbank Spurs 5-1 Moroka Swallows

Thanda Royal Zulu 3-2 African Warriors

Vasco Da Gama 0-1 Black Leopards

Royal Eagles 3-1 Mthatha Bucks

Highlands Park 4-1 AmaZulu


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