Maccabi Haifa secured Israel’s football Premier League title with a 5-1 away win against fifth-placed Maccabi Netanya on Monday evening.
This marks the third consecutive championship title and the 15th overall for Haifa, who competed in the UEFA Champions League this season and will participate in the tournament’s qualifiers next season as well.
In front of 14,000 fans at Netanya Stadium, attacking midfielder Dia Saba scored twice, while his teammates Tjarron Chery, Mohammed Abu Fani, and Frantzdy Pierrot contributed one goal each.
With one round remaining, Maccabi Haifa has 78 points, leading Hapoel Beer Sheva, who remains at 71 points after a 3-0 away loss to third-placed Maccabi Tel Aviv, who now has 70 points.
All Israeli sports media reported that Haifa’s head coach Barak Bachar, who led the team to three straight titles, will depart the club to coach Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade next season.