The PSL promotional playoffs will start on Sunday with Ajax Cape Town taking on Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in the first match at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.
The playoffs have an interesting storyline, with TTM having an extra incentive to win the mini-tournament.
TTM are already guaranteed to be playing in the premiership next season, after the club bought the status of Bidvest Wits. However, they have much to play for as the buyers of their first division status have reportedly dangled a lucrative carrot for them to win the playoffs.
TTM sold their status to fellow Limpopo club Sekhukhune FC.
Ajax, on the other hand, will be scratching their head wondering how they blew their lead at the top of the table. The Urban Warriors were at the summit of the GladAfrica Championship since January, only to squander their lead at the eleventh hour.
Swallows, meanwhile, took full advantage of the Urban Warriors’ poor showings and snatched the title right from their claws.
Ajax will have to dust themselves from the disappointment and fight on in the playoffs. Coach Calvin Marlin put on a brave face after Swallows pipped them to the title, but his dejection was undeniable.
“It’s obviously very disappointing to lose the title the way that we did. We can’t fault the players because they have worked so hard since the beginning of the season,” a crestfallen Marlin said.
“The focus now turns to the playoffs. There is still a lot to fight for, so we are not about to give up.”
The third participant of the playoffs will be decided on Saturday, as the teams at the tail end of the Premiership fight for their lives.
Ajax v TTM
15th finisher v Ajax
TTM v 15th finisher
TTM v Ajax
Ajax v 15th finisher
15th finisher v TTM