It is the end of the road for Eastern Cape side Bizana Pondo Chiefs as the club has been relegated from the GladAfrica Champions after just one season in the professional set-up.
Their fate was sealed at the King Goodwill Zwelethini Stadium following a 3-2 defeat to Cape Town All Stars on Wednesday afternoon.
Rooted at the bottom of the table, ‘We Hunt To Kill’, who had only been promoted to the second-tier league at the start of the season return to the ABC Motsepe League, having suffered 15 losses, with four wins and eight draws.
And with three games remaining, Chiefs are on 20 points, eight adrift of 15th placed Steenberg United. This means that they can finish no higher than 15th as the last two teams (in 15th and 16th both get relegated to the third-tier league).
Meanwhile, at the top, TS Sporting have blown the Championship title race wide open after walking away with a narrow 1-0 win over log leaders Richards Bay at the Kabokweni Stadium on Wednesday.
However, Bay still lead with 45 points, followed by Royal AM on 44, and Sporting are third on 43.
There are just five points separating the top six teams with three matches remaining.
Sekhukhune United in fourth beat Pretoria Callies 2-1 at Bidvest Stadium while Steenberg United remained in the relegation zone after their 1-1 draw against Free State Stars.
Cape Umoya United and Uthongathi FC both sealed 1-0 home wins over Polokwane City and Pretoria University respectively.
The GladAfrica Championship will continue with a full round of fixtures on the coming weekend of 8-9 May, with the headline match seeing Royal AM hosting TS Sporting.
Tuesday, 4 May
Cape Town Spurs 1-1 Royal AM
JDR Stars 2-1 Jomo Cosmos
Wednesday, 5 May
Pretoria Callies 1-2 Sekhukhune United
Bizana Pondo Chiefs 2-3 Cape Town All Stars
TS Sporting 1-0 Richards Bay
Free State Stars 1-1 Steenberg United
Cape Umoya United 1-0 Polokwane City
Uthongathi FC 1-0 Pretoria University
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By FARPost Reporter