SAKUBVA-BRED goalkeeper Washington Arubi kept another clean sheet as his team Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila forced a 0-0 draw away to South African football giants Orlando Pirates to ensure their safety from relegation in the final match of the DStv Premiership this afternoon.
This was the seasoned shot-stopper’s fourth shut-out in as many matches and today’s result helped TTM to finish fifth from bottom on 31 points from 30 matches and stay up.
Arubi’s club debuted in the top-flight league this season after buying Bidvest Wits’ franchise in the division. Although they battled demotion for the greater part of the campaign, the Limpopo-based side defied odds by going all the way to lift the Nedbank Cup, with the former Warriors number one playing a starring role.
Former Highway enforcer Willard Katsande’s Kaizer Chiefs, who endured a stuttering season by their high standards, saw out the season on a winning note after edging TS Galaxy 1-0 to secure eighth position on the 16-team table. The gritty midfielder lasted the entire 90 minutes on the park. Amakhosi accumulated 36 points.
Ex-La Sakubva juniors player Onismor Bhasera, who was used sparingly at SuperSport towards the end of the marathon, again took no part in the afternoon’s proceedings as Matsatsantsa drew 1-1 at relegated Chippa United. With 45 points, the team finished in fifth place; the same as last season.