Despite a 1-0 win at the Athlone Stadium against Royal Eagles FC in their final NFD game, Ubuntu Cape Town FC were relegated from South Africa’s second tier on Sunday.

The loss for second-placed Eagles also meant that Stellenbosch FC secured the NFD title, despite the champions ending the season with a goalless draw against Maccabi FC.

Farwaaz Basadien scored the only goal of the game at Athlone as Ubuntu bravely fought for their lives, but with all their nearest challengers, Jomo Cosmos, Real Kings and Cape Umoya also securing wins, it was the end of the road for Vladislav Heric’s team.

Heric says he is proud of his team.

Heric feels his team should never be relegated, and while not wanting to point fingers, says there are too many shenanigans in the league.

Heric says he has nothing but kind words for everyone at Ubuntu.

Royal Eagles Co-Coach Bafana Nhlapo says it was not their day today, and they will need to be much better in the play-offs.

Nhlapo says playing a team in a desperate situation like Ubuntu was in is always difficult.

Nhlapo says Eagles’ good season comes down to hard work, and credit must go to the club for creating the current environment and also says he wants to congratulate Stellenbosch on becoming champions.

Stellenbosch have joined Cape Town City as the second PSL team in Cape Town. – Report by Rob Delport