After a 2-2 tie with lowly Swallows in the South African Premiership on Saturday in Johannesburg, Kaizer Chiefs will lose out on African football next season. Chiefs, the country's most successful and popular club, can only finish fourth in the league, with only the top three teams qualifying for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) championships in 2023.
Gallants qualified because Sundowns, their cup final opponents, chose the more lucrative and renowned Champions League.
Cape Town City, Royal AM, or Orlando Pirates all have a chance to qualify for the Champions League, and the trio, along with Stellenbosch, are in the running for a place in the Confederations Cup
Chiefs needed all three points to have any chance of returning to Africa after a one-season exile, and a Njabulo Ngcobo header gave them the lead at halftime.
However, the team that has won 53 domestic titles since its inception 52 years ago conceded two penalties in the second half, both of which were converted by Dillon Solomons.
After the first spot-kick, Chiefs' offender Phathutshedzo Nange was issued a straight red card for preventing a certain goal.
On 85 minutes, a Bernard Parker free-kick was deflected beyond goalie Jody February, resulting in an equalizer.
Swallows were relegated to second last position, forcing them to play two rounds of play-offs against Pretoria University and Cape Allies.One spot in the next Premiership is up for grabs.
The Premiership should have ended on Saturday, but Pirates still have three games to play in the Confederation Cup after finishing second to Renaissance Berkane of Morocco on Friday.
Due to excessive rain in Durban on Saturday, Royal AM's match against Sundowns was postponed, while AmaZulu's match against Golden Arrows was called off in the 79th minute.
Maritzburg United demoted Baroka 1-0 thanks to a Clayton Daniels goal in the only game played in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal area.
Cape Town's 13-match unbeaten league record came to an end as hosts Stellenbosch won 1-0 thanks to a late Granwald Scott goal.
Nigerian Chibuike Ohizu scored for Sekhukhune, ending a long goal drought.
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