Kenyan international Brain Mandela secured another season in the South African Premier Soccer League with Maritzburg United after beating Royal Eagles 2-0 in the Promotion/Relegation mini-league.
Mandela completed the full 90 minutes for the first time in the playoffs, replacing Siyanda Xulu who was preferred ahead of him. The victory was a third successive one in the playoffs for United and a fifth win at their own backyard after producing a great escape that saw them rooted at the bottom of the table for 17 weeks.
Maritzburg broke the deadlock three minutes from the half time whistle when Sipheshile Ndlovu put them ahead after being teed up by Bongokuhle Hlongwane to finish at the near post. Simon Kutumela put the game beyond Eagles in the 72nd minute when he doubled their lead with a textbook free kick into the right top corner.
The Kwa-Zulu Natal outfit still have one game left in the playoffs against Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila on Saturday 1st June. Mandela will then join the Harambee Stars squad in France ahead of their preparation camp for the African Cup of Nations.