The National First Division, The NFD
The National First Division, The NFD

NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 19

CT ALL STARS vs STELLENBOSCH FC

A Cape derby will get week 19 underway on Friday. All Stars have enjoyed a great 2017 having won all three of their matches. Stellenbosch FC returned to winning ways with their first victory in 9 weeks last weekend. All Stars have never lost to Stellenbosch FC and a 4th win in 2017 could see the home side ease any remaining relegation worries.

UNVERSITY of PRETORIA v THANDA ROYAL ZULU

NFD WRAP - WEEK 18

WITBANK SPURS v CT ALL STARS

All stars went three for three in 2017 when they beat Spurs in Witbank on Saturday. The Cape side continue their push away from the relegation zone and have climbed from 14th to 1th since the resumption of the league. Spurs are going in the opposite direction and without a win this year have dropped from 3rd to 7th.

STELLENBOSCH FC vs FC CAPE TOWN

NFD WRAP - WEEK 16

SANTOS FC 0 CT ALL STARS 1

Santos have given themselves a lot of work to do over the remainder of the season after slumping to their first ever defeat to city rival CT All Stars in the Cape derby on Friday. What makes it worse for The People’s Team is that with the draw for Magesi against Witbank Spurs, the Cape side is now bottom of the NFD table. Having registered their first away win of the season, All Stars have opened a four point gap back to the relegation zone and with it a little breathing room.

NFD MATTERS Podcast - WEEK 16 Preview

On today's Podcast we preview Week 16's fixtures. 

 

NEDBANK CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW

The draw for the lucrative Nedbank Cup took place at the Nedbank Head Office on Thursday as usual resulted in some interesting pairings.

The draw for the NFD teams is as follows:

Platinum Stars v Amazulu FC

FC Cape Town v Baroka FC

Cape Town All Stars v Bidvest Wits

Chippa United v Witbank Spurs

Royal Eagles v SuperSport United

Jomo Cosmos v United Rovers

COACHING UPDATE

Mbombela United have appointed a new coach in Ashwin Sutton who takes over from Milton Dlamini at the Mpumalanga based side for the start if the second half of the season. His opening match at the resumption of the NFD after AFCON 2017 on Sunday 12 February could hardly be more difficult as Mbombela United take on unbeaten Thanda Royal Zulu in Richards Bay. Sutton was in charge of Free State side African Warriors in 2009, moved to Batau in 2010, was at Sivutsa Stars (now Royal Eagles) in 2012 and Blackburn Rovers in East London two years later.

NFD WRAP - WEEK 15

CT ALL STARS 0 MAGESI FC 0

Two sides at the bottom of the table missed a golden opportunity to end their year outside the relegation zone when they drew on Friday. The result leaves the home side All Stars 2 points clear of the drop zone after 15 matches and for Magesi, a 10th week at the bottom of the log. Both sides have some work to do in the 6 week break to stimulate their camps into surviving the season when the NFD resumes in February.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 2

NFD WRAP - WEEK 14

SANTOS FC 0 AMAZULU FC 1

Santos remained in the relegation zone after suffering their 5th loss of the season and their second to Amazulu in 4 days. The win for Usuthu means that they climb to 7th on the log, but more importantly just two points away from a Playoff position in a congested middle of the table. The loss for the Cape side also saw coach Zeca Marques tender his resignation from the club. The only win this season for Santos came in Round 1.  

ROYAL EAGLES 2 JOMO COSMOS 1

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