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Sowetan Reporters

Sowetan Reporters

Limpopo will be without a club in the Premiership next season after Black Leopards and Dynamos yesterday failed to advance to the First Division playoff final.

In Polokwane, Dynamos were narrowly defeated 2-1 by FC AK in a second leg match at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The two sides played to a goalless draw in the first leg.

At Malamulele Stadium, Lidoda Duvha and Bay United drew 1-1. United won the first leg 1-0 in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

FC AK and United will meet in the final to determine the club that will gain promotion to the Premiership in the new season.

Dynamos have themselves to blame for the defeat. They should have wrapped it up as early as the first half but fluffed several golden scoring opportunities.

On the other hand, Bahumi launched their attacks on the right flank where Mark McVeigh was outstanding.

Evans Maloka squandered an opportunity to give Dynamos the lead in the 20th minute but shot straight into the hands of FC AK's goalie Oscar Ramogoadi.

Maloka's teammate, Louis Agyemang, was unmarked.

Innocent Mayoyo, Dynamos' coach, was forced to make an early change when Alois Ngwerume came on for injured Lefa Nyapuli in the 24th minute.

Six minutes later, FC AK took the lead against the run of play when well-travelled Boitumelo Moleyane gave goalkeeper Sadwick Sanudi no chance.

FC AK looked more organised in the second half and were rewarded when McVeigh scored with a spectacular header in the 50th minute. Dynamos pulled one back through Maloka in the 57th minute.

Dynamos players and officials remonstrated with the match officials when Klaas Galane levelled matters only to be ruled offside in the 75th minute.

FC AK were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute after Alois Bunjira was sent off by referee Mathew Dyer for a reckless challenge on Sanudi.

l Matome Lebea reports from Malamulele that Jabulani Maluleke broke the deadlock for Leopards in the 16th minute, but Gareth Ncaca equalised for United in the 37th minute.

Goalie Arthur Bartmann saved Maluleke's penalty in the 89th minute.