Maritzburg aim to confirm top-flight status in Chatsworth

Maritzburg United head to Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Wednesday afternoon knowing that a single point against Royal Eagles in the penultimate PSL promotion-relegation playoffs fixture will be enough to confirm their top-flight status for another season.

Kick-off is at 3pm CAT.

The Team of Choice go into the fixture top of the mini-table, having won back-to-back fixtures against the two Absa Premiership hopefuls.

Eric TInkler's men beat Eagles 1-0 in the reverse fixture thanks to a solitary strike from Thabiso Kutumela before defeating Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 2-0 in Thohoyandou.

Eagles followed victory over fellow National First Division outfit TTM with defeat in Pietermaritzburg, before falling to another loss away in the Limpopo province this past weekend.

This leaves no room for error as they aim to seal their passage to South Africa's top-flight. Eagles will need to beat Maritzburg convincingly in Chatsworth and then hope for a TTM victory in the final playoffs fixture this coming weekend - albeit not by a huge margin as all three teams would then be locked on six points apiece.

"The Maritzburg game is very important. Every game in the playoffs is like a final," Eagles head coach Sazi Ngubane said.

"Our chances are small but it's not over in the playoffs and we will fight until the end."

For Maritzburg, a draw will be enough to keep their top-flight status and duly become only the fifth Premiership side to hold onto their place in South Africa's top division by means of the playoffs. Only four teams on 14 previous occasions have finished 15th in the Premiership and gone on to survive the playoffs.

Despite their advantage going into the midweek fixture, Tinkler has warned his troops not to get ahead of themselves.

"In life there are no guarantees, hence the fact it’s still important for us to look to collect the three points against Eagles on Wednesday.

"Obviously the result on Saturday was very beneficial towards us. But at the same time, it does not change our approach or our mindset," the Martizburg united head coach said.