Eric Tinkler marked his return at Cape Town City with an emphatic victory after relegating Black Leopards with a 3-1 win in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday evening.
Tinkler made four changes for his first game, with shot-stopper Marc Anderson making his debut, alongside recalls for Thamsanqa Mkhize, Bradley Ralani and Abbubaker Mobara.
The Citizens had a chance to grab an early lead in the sixth minute after a cross by Ralani found Craig Martin in a good position inside the box but he guided his header wide.
Leopards eventually got the opener ten minutes later with their first attack, as Khomotso Masia planted a header into the top corner after a cross by Tumelo Khutlang from a set-piece situation.
After having a goal disallowed in the 21st minute, Ralani had a chance to level matters seven minutes before the break from a free-kick just outside the box but he curled his effort over the bar.
However, Ralani forced a save out of goalkeeper Jonas Mendes in first-half stoppages with a strike from outside the box, as Lidoda Duvha held on to a 1-0 lead going to the break.
Fagrie Lakay eventually levelled matters for the hosts just before the hour-mark with a low strike into the bottom corner after a lay-back by Mpho Makola.
The Citizens made a double change just after that, as Tashreeq Morris replaced Martin in a tactical move while Abdul Ajagun came on for Makola in midfield.
Ajagun had an immediate impact after making it 2-1 for City on the hour-mark with a low strike into the bottom corner after getting on the end a cross by Terrence Mashego.
Leopards also made a double change in the last 18 minutes, with Lehlohonolo Masalesa coming on for Wiseman Maluleke in midfield while Sibusiso Khumalo came on for Khutlang in a tactical move.
However, Ajagun sealed the deal for the Citizens five minutes before time with a strike from close range after he was setup by Morris, sending Lidoda Duvha to the GladAfrica Championship in the process.
City: Anderson, Mkhize, Fielies, Mobara, Mashego, Mokeke, Mdantsane, Makola, Ralani, Martin, Lakay.
Subs: Diana-Oliaro, Zulu, Morris, Ngoma, Shonga, Roberts, Cupido, Ajagun, Goedeman.
Leopards: Mendes, Masia, Karuru, Gyimah, Maluleke, Makobela, Mashoene, Mathenjwa, Mthethwa, Thutlwa, Khutlang.
Subs: Muleka, Abubakar, Mokoena, Douhadji, Ndlovu, Khumalo, Masalesa, Anas, Sampson.