NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 04 WRAP

MTHATHA BUCKS 1 WITBANK SPURS 1

A draw is better than the two losses suffered by Bucks against Spurs in Mthatha over the past two seasons, but with 3 draws in their first 4 matches the Eastern Cape are already heading down the same path as last season. Spurs have also drawn 3 of their 4 matches so far this season. The sides are level on points this season and still unbeaten.

REAL KINGS 1 UBUNTU CT FC 1

Kings played to their second 1 – 1 home draw of the season to stay in midtable while Ubuntu earned their 3rd point in 4 outings, but have yet to register a win. It is the first time that he KZN side have taken points off their Cape rivals. Kings remain unbeaten this season while Ubuntu find themselves 3rd from bottom on the log.  

HIGHLANDS PARK 1 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA  2

After winning their opening two matches, Highlands have now slipped to 9th on the log after successive defeats. Newly named TTM FC conversely, lost their two opening matches, but have won in both weeks 3 and 4 to climb to 10th on the log. The result is the first time that Highlands have lost to Milano / TTM FC.  

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 2 ROYAL EAGLES 1

The 0 – 5 drubbing by Cosmos two weeks ago appears to have pushed all the right buttons at Tuks, as the student side have won both matches since then. Visiting Royal Eagles have yet to register a win and have sunk into the relegation zone. After the season double over Tuks in 2016/17, the KZN side looked to a repeat of that form, but sadly it was not to be.

STELLENBOSCH FC 2 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

Stellenbosch FC leapt to the top of the NFD standings for the second time this season after their win against Leopards on Saturday. Then Cape side are one of just four sides that remain unbeaten this season. Successive defeats see Lidoda Duvha sink to 12th on the log. After the Stellenbosch season double over Leopards last season, the Cape side are on track for a repeat performance.

SUPER EAGLES 2 UTHONGATHI FC 0

It might have been a repeat of the final of the ABC Motsepe League for last season, where Uthongathi edged Eagles 1 – 0 for the title and the R1m prizemoney, but the Free State side were not having a repeat of the result as they notched up their first win in the pro ranks to move off the bottom of the table.  The loss for Uthongathi ended the KZN’s sides unbeaten record.   

CT ALL STARS 1 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 3

Logleaders CT All Stars suffered their first loss against a Mbombela side that are traditionally better at home than on the road. However – this season the Mpumalanga side have lost both times at home, while winning both of their away matches. All Stars have still never beaten the Mpumalanga side drawing twice and losing three times.

JOMO COSMOS 1 RICHARDS BAY FC 0

Cosmos registered their second home win of the season as they relegated last years’ Champions, newly named Richards Bay FC, to the bottom of the NFD table. Cosmos leap to 5th on the log, while the KZN side are in need of a serious change in fortunes if the early season is to be trusted. The win for Cosmos is only their 2nd in 13 meetings between the two sides.