Royal AM edge closer to promotion


With just two matches to go before the wrap of the GladAfrica Championship, the battle for honours has taken an interesting turn.

Log leaders Royal AM have taken a two-point lead ahead of favourites and rivals Richards Bay FC.

The Maritzburg-based side moved two points clear at the top of the GladAfrica Championship log after dispatching fellow title contenders TS Sporting 2-1 at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Richards Bay FC, who have been at the top of the log for the better part of the season, relinquished their number one spot after losing 2-1 to JDR FC at Umhlathuze Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Royal AM will fancy their chances of winning automatic promotion to the South African Premier Soccer League with their two remaining matches against teams from the bottom half of the log.

They will visit University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on May 16 followed by a home match at Chatsworth Stadium against Cape Town All Stars on the last day of the league.

They may need to win both matches to be crowned champions of the GladAfrica Championship and they cannot afford any hiccup at this stage of the season.

The Natal Rich Boyz who will be hoping for favours from other teams will also have tough matches to round up the season, with a trip to Tsakane Stadium against Jomo Cosmos on May 16 and a home match against embattled Steenburg FC on the last day of the season.

Royal AM will look to complete a surprise move to the Dstv Premiership with just two matches to play.

The club owned by businesswoman Shawn Mkhize has already been in the spotlight for having the youngest chairman in the history of PSL, with Andile Mpisane (20), who is also a player.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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