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Tuks And Baroka Clinch Playoff Spots

  • May 19, 2024
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Tuks And Baroka Clinch Playoff Spots

The University of Pretoria (Tuks) and Baroka FC secured spots in the DStv Premiership playoffs after finishing second and third in the Motsepe Foundation Championship, respectively.

Both teams needed to avoid defeat in their final matches to qualify, which they achieved.

Interestingly, these two teams faced each other at Tuks Stadium on the final day of the season. Meanwhile, JDR Stars lost 2-1 to Maritzburg United, who held a slim chance of reaching the playoffs themselves (sitting fifth in the table). However, Maritzburg United’s qualification hinged on unlikely results from other matches.

Tuks and Baroka will now await their playoff opponent, which will be the 15th-placed team from the DStv Premiership next weekend. The two teams vying for that spot are Royal AM (14th with 30 points) and Richards Bay (15th with 27 points).

A draw for Royal AM against Moroka Swallows would guarantee their safety, while Richards Bay need a win against second-placed Stellenbosch FC coupled with a Royal AM loss.

In a tense match at Tuks Stadium, Baroka took the lead in the 41st minute through Kgomotso Lekoloane, who ran unmarked from his own half and finished superbly. This goal momentarily pushed Baroka into second place. Meanwhile, Maritzburg, still clinging to their playoff hopes, were locked in a 1-1 draw with JDR Stars at halftime.

However, the second half saw a shift in momentum. Thabang Sibanyoni equalized for Tuks in the 60th minute, ghosting in at the back post. This goal put Tuks back in second place, where they remained until the final whistle.

The Motsepe Foundation champions, Magesi FC, ended their season with a 2-2 draw in an exciting match against Venda Football Academy and they were awarded a trophy and R5 million prize money.

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