Play-offs race wide open as Swallows draw with AmaTuks

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Kamohelo Mahlatsi of Swallows FC.
Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Kamohelo Mahlatsi of Swallows FC. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix


The race to play in the top flight is still wide open, with three fixtures to go in the PSL promotion/relegation play-offs after University of Pretoria and Swallows played to a goalless draw in Pretoria yesterday.

The share of the spoils means that AmaTuks, as the University of Pretoria team are popularly known, retain their top spot in the three-team contest.

Swallows, who condemned Cape Town All Stars to their second defeat midweek, are level on points with AmaTuks but remain second because of goal difference in the top two.


All Stars are bottom of the mini-league and it is not a foregone conclusion that the Cape side are out of contention.

In an almost impossible task, All Stars must beat AmaTuks and Swallows in their remaining games, and hope that their two opponents draw in the final fixture of the play-offs.

The team that finishes top of the mini league on points will join promoted Richards Bay in the DStv Premiership next season.

Playing before a decent and lively crowd at the university campus stadium yesterday, Swallows and AmaTuks went put the pedal to the metal.

Clear goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between until the closing stages of the match.

Substitute Kamohelo Mahlatsi could have won the match for Swallows, but his header hit the post the 93rd minute.

Seconds later, AmaTuks had their own glorious chance to snatch maximum points at the death, but Nigerian forward Etiosa Ighodaro headed narrowly wide.

AmaTuks, who opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over All Stars last weekend, will have another opportunity to pull away when they host the Cape side at the same venue on Wednesday.

A win will put the university outfit in pole position for a return to the Premiership after a six-year absence.

If AmaTuks win on Wednesday, it will officially be curtains for All Stars, while this will put Swallows on the back foot, as they need to win to keep their hopes of retaining their elite league status alive.

After two intense play-off matches in four days, Swallows face a daunting trip to the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, where All Stars will be waiting.

After losing their opening two matches, All Stars will be playing for pride as they have nothing to lose.

Of the three contestants, there is no doubt that Swallows are under intense pressure.

The Birds finished 15th in the Premiership and the play-offs present the last chance for the Soweto club to avoid slipping back into the lower ranks following their revival three seasons ago.

READ: ‘More relegation for Swallows may be best’

Should everything go according to the script, the Swallows-AmaTuks final match at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on June 15 could decide who claims the last berth in the premier division.


Delivering the 

news you need

+27 11 713 9001
69 Kingsway Rd, Auckland Park

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
Latest issue
Latest issue
All the news from City Press in PDF form.
Read now
Voting Booth
Stats SA's recent consumer price index data this week indicated the rise in food prices was the largest in 14 years. Economists say continued load shedding also adds to the rise in the cost of food production. How are you feeding your family during this tough time?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
I have a food garden
7% - 58 votes
I rely on sales
22% - 178 votes
I buy necessities
71% - 589 votes