Stellenbosch FC automatically promoted to the PSL after winning the NFD season

Stellenbosch FC secured promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for the first time on Sunday afternoon.

The Stellies clinched the 2018/19 National First Division (NFD) title despite drawing 0-0 with a stubborn Maccabi FC side at the  Idas Valley Sports Ground.

Steven Barker’s men finished the campaign at the top of the standings three points clear of runners-up Royal Eagles.

Coach Barker, who also guided University of Pretoria to their maiden promotion to the PSL in 2012, proved his coaching credentials again.

The Stellies were only established in 2016 and they will now be campaigning in the top flight of South African football.

Eagles ended the campaign on a losing note as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Ubuntu Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium.

The Durban-based side will now join Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila F.C in the PSL Promotional/Relegation playoffs.

Eagles and Tshakhuma will be joined by one team from the PSL in the three-team playoffs.

Tshakhuma qualified for the playoffs after finishing third ahead of Ajax Cape Town, who settled for fourth place and they will be campaigning in the NFD next season.

At the bottom, Ubuntu Cape Town and Witbank Spurs were relegated to the ABC Motsepe League after finishing 15th and 16th respectively on the table.


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