PSL Promotion Play-Offs
Result: Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 2-1 Royal Eagles
Date: 25 May 2019
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium.
Maritzburg United can secure their Absa Premiership status for another season on Wednesday, after Royal Eagles suffered defeat at Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Saturday afternoon.
Eagles made only two changes from their 1-0 loss against Maritzburg United, bringing on Dumisani Tau and Levy Mashiane to the fray while TTM made wholesale changes from their loss against the Team of Choice on Wednesday, with the likes of Phumelele ‘Ace’ Bhengu dropped to the bench.
The home side had a dream start as Wonderboy Makhubo grabbed the lead in just the third minute of the match after bursting his way through on the left side of the box to finish towards the bottom corner.
Moma Medic’s charges doubled their lead a minute later thanks to Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo who was given space to unleash a shot from just outside the box following a horrible back pass that went astray.
Eagles struggled to get in the game after going two goals down in a short period of time, which forced coach Sazi Ngubane to make a tactical change on the half-hour mark, bringing in Diego Brown for Tau.
Eagles had the ball in the back of the net through Mashiane four minutes before the break but it was ruled out for offside, before Brown's free-kick was tipped wide by Ramaele as the hosts took a two-goal lead in to the break.
The visitors came out firing in the second half and were rewarded three minutes after the break courtesy of Mashiane’s glancing header following a cross from Lesvin Stoffels on the right wing.
Nevhulamba nearly restored a two-goal lead for the hosts with 18 minutes remaining after unleashing a long-range effort that was saved by goalkeeper Patrick Nyame as Eagles continued to leave gaps at the back as the pushed for an equaliser.
The game got stretched in the closing stages, with the visitors desperate for the equalise however TTM remained resolute to clinch their first win of the play-offs.
Here's how they line up:
TTM: Ramaele, Meso, Mohloding, Nyadombo, Mabotja, Ononogbu, Ndlondlo, Nkoana, Mbanjwa, Msomi, Makhubu.
Eagles: Nyame, Cele, Bakah, Manganyi, Shezi, Stoffels, Tau, Wambi, Ntuli, Nene, Mashiane.