Motsepe Foundation Championship: The Five Teams Still in the Running for Promotion Playoff Spot

Motsepe Foundation Championship: The Five Teams Still in the Running for Promotion Playoff Spot

Byron Pillay
May 17, 2024 at 2:42 PM
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  • Two teams from the Motsepe Foundation Championship will qualify for the play-offs
  • University of Pretoria are in pole position to earn play-off spot, but it's not guaranteed
  • Magesi FC have earned their place in the DStv Premiership thanks to winning the NFD

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This weekend marks the final matches for many leagues worldwide, which means there will be plenty of drama on the final day.

In South Africa, the DStv Premiership only concludes next week, but the Motsepe Foundation Championship promises to serve up the action this week.

Five teams are still in the running to secure the two spots in the promotion play-offs.
University of Pretoria, Baroka FC, and Maritzburg United are still in the running to earn a spot for a chance to be promoted to the DStv Premiership. Image: @AmaTuks/ @Baroka_FC/ @MaritzburgUtd.
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Magesi FC have already booked their spot in the Premiership by winning the first division, FAR Post reported, but there is still a lot to play for when it comes to the teams below them.

With second and third place in the league still up for grabs, Sports Brief looks at which two teams could still qualify for the relegation/ promotion play-offs.

Teams in the running for promotion play-offs

University of Pretoria

AmaTuks occupy the second position on the log and are best suited to qualify for the play-offs.

The team are no strangers to the big leagues, having competed in the Premiership before, and they’ve also experienced playing in the play-offs.

AmaTuks will take on Baroka in their final game, a team two points behind them on the table.

A draw will be enough to see them through.

Baroka FC

Currently third on the table, Baroka occupy the last qualifying place for the promotion play-offs as things stand.

Bakgakga were last in the DStv Premiership in the 2021/22 season and will be looking to make their way back there.

Baroka will have to beat AmaTuks to guarantee a spot in the play-offs, knowing that a draw may not be enough, as JDR Stars are level on points with them.

JDR Stars

Another Pretoria-based side, JDR Stars, are fourth on the table but are level with Baroka.

A win in their next game will earn them a spot in the play-offs, regardless of what happens elsewhere. They had a chance to leapfrog Baroka, but drew with their rivals 1-1 in their last game, IOL noted.

JDR Stars will face Maritzburg United in their next fixture.

Maritzburg United

The Team of Choice are in fifth place on the table and needs other results to go their way if they want to make the play-offs.

The KwaZulu-Natal side were relegated from the topflight last season and will look for an immediate return.

Their superior goal difference means that they need AmaTuks to beat Baroka and win their match against JDR Stars to qualify.

Upington City

Fifth on the table, Upington have the slightest chance of qualifying.

Bafana ba Gucci need both Maritzburg United and AmaTuks to win their games to stand any chance.

They will then also have to win their game against Casric Stars by a massive margin. Maritzburg's goal difference is 11, while Upington’s is only six. While it is relatively unlikely, they will make it, it is still mathematically possible.

Royal AM want to avoid relegation fight

While their first-division sides compete to get into the top-flight, DStv Premiership sides fight to avoid the drop.

Sports Brief reported that Royal AM is one of two KZN sides that could be dragged into the relegation play-off.

Coach John Maduka is confident that the side can do enough in their remaining games to survive the drop this season.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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