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The National First Division, The NFD

NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 17 WRAP

HIGHLANDS PARK 1 REAL KINGS 1

Logleaders Highlands Park might have drawn against Kings on Saturday, but with all the chasing sides dropping points too, the Tembisa side held on to their 5 point lead at the top of the table and extended their unbeaten NFD run to 12 matches. Theron scored his second of the season for the home side, while Mtshali opened his account for the visitors. Real Kings are four matches unbeaten.

WITBANK SPURS 2 UTHONGATHI FC 0

UTHONGATHI FC PARTS WAY WITH GABRIEL

The man who took Uthongathi FC to the ABC Motsepe League title and R1m in prize money has been released from the KZN club. Ronniie Gabriel becomes the 14th coach this season to be relieved of his duties. The move from Uthongathi FC comes after a 2 - 0 loss at the hands of Witbank Spurs over the past weekend, but is probably a culmination of the club winning just one match in their last ten and dropping to 13th position, but just one point clear of the relegation zone. 

NEDBANK CUP 2018 DRAW

The draw for the prestigious Nedbank Cup was made in Sandton on Monday night.

Eight NFD sides were in the draw and their fixtures are as follows :

CT ALL STARS vs MAMELODI SUNDOWNS

AMAZULU vs MTHATHA BUCKS

SUPER EAGLES vs FREE STATE STARS

RICHARDS BAY FC vs BLOEM YOUNG TIGERS

STELLENBOSCH FC vs HIGHLANDS PARK

HAPPY WANDERERS vs ROYAL EAGLES

UBUNTU CT FC vs POLOKWANE CITY

The rest of the fixtures is as follows : 

SAFA WC vs Orbit College

Mariveni United vs EC Bees

Swallows FC vs Maritzburg United

NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 16 WRAP

CT ALL STARS 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 2

All Stars kept their unbeaten home record against Mthatha Bucks intact when they drew with Bucks on Friday. Setelele increased his goal tally to six goals with Mbunjana getting the 2nd for the home side, while the visitors goals came from Rantabane and Bhengu. The Mthatha based side remain in the relegation zone for a second week, with All Stars dropping one position to 10th having won only once in their last 7 outings.

UTHONGATHI FC 1 RICHARDS BAY 2

NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 15 WRAP

HIGHLANDS PARK 0 CT ALL STARS 0

Highlands Park missed an opportunity to end the year four points clear of the chasing pack when they were held goalless in Tembisa by All Stars. The draw allows Cosmos to reduce the gap at the top of the NFD standings to just 2 points after Ezenkhosi won on Sunday. The point for the Cape side lifts them 1 spot up the log to 9th. The point for Highlands Park extends their unbeaten run to 11 matches in league and cup.

RICHARDS BAY 2 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 15 PREVIEW

HIGHLANDS PARK v CT ALL STARS

Highlands Park continue to enjoy a very successful season so far and will end 2017 on top of the NFD standings win, draw or lose to CT All Stars on Saturday. The Lions of the North have beaten the Cape side both times All Stars have played in Tembisa without conceding a goal. Both sides won in the Nedbank Cup Qualifiers in midweek with Highlands edging Real Kings in a tight scrap while All Stars blitzed TTM FC 2 – 0 with both sides playing at home. The home side have gone 10 matches unbeaten.

NFD NEDBANK CUP QUALIFICATION WRAP

All three Western Cape sides negotiated their way into the main draw for the Nedbank Cup, while two out four KZN side made it through. Both Limpopo and Mpumalanga sides failed to progress and only one out of the three Gauteng teams made it. The only sides from the Free State and the Eastern Cape advanced too. 22 goals were scored over the two days of qualifiers where home sides dominated, winning six of the 8 matches played.

SUPER EAGLES 3 BLACK LEOPARDS 0

COMPETITION STRONG FOR NFD GOLDEN BOOT

With the halfway mark of the season quickly approaching. the competition to be crowned the NFD's top goal scorer is hotting up with four players leading the charge on 6 goals each.  Last season was a bit of a runaway for Sedwyn George from Royal Eagles with 20 goals and Mhlengi Cele from Thanda Royal Zulu close behind with 19. Veteran Nomvethe wasn't far off the mark with 17 goals for Amazulu. 

This is how matters stand after Round 14 of the current season.

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