NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 08 WRAP

MTHATHA BUCKS 2 CT ALL STARS 1

Mthatha Bucks returned to winning ways after successive defeats and climbed to 5th on the log overtaking their Cape opponents in the process. Nhlabathi and Ntjolo both poached their first goals of the season and just as well because Erasmus who scored 5 goals in 5 starts has gone off the boil. Bucks have won all 4 home matches in the past over the Cape club, but did concede a goal to All Stars at home for the first time. The All Stars goals came from Setelele, who netted his 3rd of the season.

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 1 STELLENBOSCH FC 0

The surprise result of the weekend saw TTM FC end the unbeaten record of logleaders Stellenbosch FC on Saturday. The Cape side still hold onto top spot on the log, but have been joined there by Mbombela United. Stellenbosch FC have failed to score in their last two matches, allowing the chasing pack to close the gap at the top of the log. The only goal of the match was scored by Nedzamba who bagged his first of the season.

WITBANK SPURS 1 UBUNTU CT FC 0

Spurs timely victory over Ubuntu not only saw the Witbank side elevate themselves away from the relegation zone, but saw the end of the road for the Cape sides coach Roger Links. Assistant coach Casey Prince will take the reigns at the Cape club for now. Makhele scored the only goal of the match – his 1st of the season. The former FC CT are the still only side in the NFD to not yet win a match this season and will spend their 3rd week at the bottom of the log.

RICHARDS BAY 1 UTHONGATHI FC 1

The KZN derby ended in a stalemate in Richards Bay on Saturday leaving the home side in the relegation zone for a 3rd successive week. Gumede scored his 2nd goal of the season for Richards Bay, while Thwala bagged his first for a good away point for the NFD rookies. This was the first meeting between the two sides.

HIGHLANDS PARK 3 SUPER EAGLES 0

Highlands Park imposed the biggest defeat of the season on NFD Rookies Super Eagles to extend their unbeaten run to 3 matches and climb to 4th on the table. The win for the Tembisa side also ended the impressive 5 match unbeaten run of the Free State side. A brace from Peter Shalulile and a contribution from Petros Ngebo (his 4th of the season) saw the home side home to victory. Although Super Eagles have been impressive at home, they are yet to win on the road this season. This was the first meeting between the two sides.

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 2 ROYAL EAGLES 1

Mbombela United’s 5th win of the season has the Mpumalanga side level on points with Stellenbosch FC but 2nd on goal difference. Royal Eagles came into the match on the back of two impressive outings, but succumbed to goals from Masuku and Ntlaba. The goal for the KZN side came from Komane who scored his second of the campaign. Tthe Mpumalanga side have never lost to Eagles with two wins and three draws.

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

Mwape Musonda’s goal on 27 minutes ended the unbeaten home record of Tuks and also an impressive unbeaten run of 5 matches that had taken the student side to second on the log. The Zambian strikers’ second goal of the season elevated Leopards out of the relegation zone and up to 10th. One feels though that with only 5 goals this season in 8 matches, there is still work to be done at Lidoda Duvha. Tuks have still never beaten Leopards at home.

JOMO COSMOS 2 REAL KINGS 1

Cosmos kept their unbeaten home record intact with a hard fought win over their KZN opponents on Sunday. With veteran Mulenga and Makobela scoring goals for Cosmos, the Vosloorus based side climbed to 6th on the log, pushing Kings down to just 1 place above the relegation zone. Kings have only scored one victory all season and although they have 5 draws in 8 outings, it is clearly not enough. The win for Cosmos is their first ever against Real Kings.