Cape Town - Moroka Swallows will participate in
the promotion/relegation playoffs after finishing second-from-bottom on the
Absa Premiership log.
The Birds defeated Bloemfontein Celtic
1-0 at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday afternoon to end in 15th
place, condemning AmaZulu to the wooden spoon ad direct relegation.
Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe
scored the only goal of the game to see the Soweto side keep alive their hopes
The hosts showed their intentions
early in the game and came close to taking in the lead in the 13th
minute when Nomvethe got a solid effort on target, only to be denied by a good
save from Bongani Mpandle.
Ten minutes later the Celtic
goalkeeper was it again, this time showing good reflexes to tip Vuyisile Wana’s
attempt over the crossbar.
The visitors came close to silencing
the home crowd in the 38th minute when Thapelo Morena fired a
powerful effort which flew just wide of the upright, leaving the two sides
deadlocked at 0-0 at half time.
Swallows started strongly after the
restart and in the 52nd minute Felix Obada did well to control the
ball before firing towards goal, but his effort lacked the power to trouble
With the crowd on the edge of their
seats, it was Nomvethe who brought some calm in the 71st minute when
he headed the ball into the back of the net from close range, connecting with a
cross from Shere Lekgothoane.
That goal was enough to ensure that
Swallows live to see another day, as they finished three points ahead of
AmaZulu, who have been relegated after losing 2-1 to Maritzburg United in a
KwaZulu-Natal derby in Durban.