Hotspurs were effectively relegated from the Premier league after losing 2-1 to Black Africa on Friday night.
Richard Kavendji gave Hotspurs the lead on 29m but Jerome Louis equalised shortly before halftime. Bradley Wermann scored the winner for BA on 58m with a great freekick that sealed Hotspurs’ fate.
Although Hotspurs still have a mathematical chance of remaining up its virtually impossible since other results will have to go their way while they will have to win their final match by at least 14 goals.
At the final whistle Hotspurs’ players sank to the ground in despair, while their striker Richard Kavendji was inconsolable and had to be helped off the pitch by coach Mec Naholo.
Both teams came out attacking from the start with Willy Stephanus, Jerome Louis and Marco van Wyk leading BA’s attacks while Richard Kavendji looked dangerous for Hotspurs.
Louis and Eslin Kamuhanga both headed narrowly over the bar from Stephanus crosses while Marco van Wyk tested Hotspurs’ defence with his tricky dribbles into the box.
At the other end, Neville Nanub blasted a freekick over the top while a Kavendji volley from a corner hit the crossbar.
Black Africa attacked constantly with Kamuhanga and Louis both shooting into the side netting, but it was Hotspurs who took the lead against the run of play when Riaan Cloete cut BA’s defence with a great throughball and Kavendji stabbed the ball into the net from close range.
BA however came back in determined fashion and equalised through a great goal by Louis 12m later. He ran onto a Stephanus centre, broke free in the box and scored from an acute angle with the ball going into the left hand corner of the net.
Both teams continued to attack in the second half but there were few clearcut chances until BA won a freekick on the edge of the box on 58m. Bradley Wermann stepped up and curled the ball around the wall into the right hand corner of the net to put BA 2-1 ahead.
A cracking shot by Hotspurs’ towering midfielder Gomes Casanova skimmed the crossbar and when Black Africa defender Moses Katjiteo was red carded for a foul on Jacky Stephanus on 72m, the momentum swung Hotspurs’ way.
But BA’s defence stood firm until the final whistle which condemned Hotspurs to the first division after just one season in the top flight.