Royal AM On The Verge Of Promotion
Shauwn and Andile Mpisane’s Royal AM moved within one result away from winning the GladAfrica Championship, with one match to play in the season.
The club made headlines at the start of the season when owner Shauwn, formerly of Royal Eagles, re-branded Real Kings and named her 20-year-old so Andile, who plays for team too, as a Chairman.
Royal AM play Cape Town All Stars and a draw or win will guarantee them the league title and promotion. The only team who can catch them are Sekhukhune United who need to get a victory over JDR Stars and hope Royal AM lose.
While only two can win straight promotion, six teams remain in the fight for play-off spots.
In the penultimate round of games played on Sunday, Royal AM came from a goal down to score two late goals to beat 12th-placed AmaTuks 2-1 in Tshwane. The result means they are three points clear of Sekhukhune in second place, who beat Polokwane City, who are 13th, 2-0 at the same time.
TS Sporting jumped to third place as they beat 9th-placed Uthongathi, while Richards Bays drop to fourth after their 1-1 draw against 10th-placed Jomo Cosmos.
Free State Stars are up to 5th after they beat Cape Town Spurs 3-1. Spurs find themselves back at 15th spot, and on the verge of relegation.
JDR are sixth after they could only draw 1-1 at Steenberg United. That point lifted Steenberg to 14th, ahead of Spurs on goal difference.
Pretoria Callies are up to seventh after they beat already relegated Bizana Pondo Chiefs 4-2, while All Stars move to 11th, as they beat Cape United 1-0. Roger De Sa’s team are eighth.
The battle to avoid relegation is now between Spurs and Steenberg, and the two teams on 30 points will be desperate for a result next week.
Next week’s final round of fixtures:
Royal AM v Cape Town All Stars
JDR Stars v Sekhukhune United
Pretoria Callies v TS Sporting
Richards Bay v Steenberg United
Cape Town Spurs v AmaTuks
Cape United v Jomo Cosmos
Polokwane City v Free State Stars
Uthongathi v Bizana Pondo Chiefs