NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 11 WRAP

BLACK LEOPARDS 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 0

Home side Black Leopards secured their first home win of the season to give new coach Ivan Minnaert the perfect start to his tenure at the club. The win puts the Limpopo side into the top 10 for only the second time in 8 outings. Coachless Bucks have not had a win in three matches now and have slipped just behind Leopards - to 11th.

RICHARDS BAY FC 0 WITBANK SPURS 0

A home draw on debut for former Leopards coach, Jean Losciuto was enough to see Richards Bay FC climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in six weeks. The KZN side have now drawn their last five matches in a row. The stalemate also extended the unbeaten run for Spurs to 4 straight matches and they remain in 7th.  Richards Bay have never lost to Spurs at home in 7 meetings.      

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0 UBUNTU CT FC 0

Tuks might have improved their record to just 1 loss in their last 9 outings, but they missed an opportunity to stay within touching distance of logleaders Highlands Park after their draw on Saturday. Ubuntu are still looking for their first win of the season, but were at least able to keep a clean sheet albeit for only the second time this season. The Cape side will stay at the bottom of the log for a 6th successive week, 5 points away from escaping the relegation zone and with the worst goal difference in the NFD this season so far.   

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 3 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 0

Mbombela United kept their perfect record against the former Milano United intact when they hammered TTM FC on Saturday, with their biggest win of the season. The loss for the Limpopo side was their biggest loss of the campaign. The Mpumalanga side have climbed to 2nd behind Highlands Park while TTM FC have slipped two places to 8th after their first loss in 6 outings. Mbombela won all five matches against the former Milano United FC without conceding a goal.

ROYAL EAGLES 0 REAL KINGS 2

Real Kings not only extended their winning streak to 3 matches, all without conceding a goal, but they climbed to their highest position on the log this season – 5th and dumped their provincial rivals into the relegation zone on Saturday. Added to that, it was the first win for Kings over Eagles in the KZN derby. Royal Eagles however have now not won in 4 straight outings and will spend a 3rd week in the drop zone.

UTHONGATHI FC 0 HIGHLANDS PARK 1

Highlands Park extended their unbeaten run to 6 matches and their gap top the chasing pack to 3 points after edging newly promoted Uthongathi on Saturday. The Lions of the North have been at the top of the table for 4 weeks. The KZN side have not won in their last 4 outings and drop to just two places outside the relegation zone. Highlands haven’t conceded a goal in their last four outings. This was the first meeting between the two sides.

STELLENBOSCH FC 2 JOMO COSMOS 2

Stellenbosch FC maintained their unbeaten record against Cosmos on Sunday after their hard fought duel at the King Zwelithini Stadium in KZN. While the Cape side will be happy to have scored for the first time in 5 outings, they haven’t won a match since 29 September. The draw sees Cosmos drop one spot to 4th, but extends their unbeaten record to 4 matches. Stellenbosch FC also drop one place – to 6th.      

SUPER EAGLES FC 1 CT ALL STARS 0

Jesus Antonio Flores started his tenure as coach at the Free Sate side in glorious fashion as Super Eagles beat All Stars at Goble Park on Sunday. The win breaks a four match streak where the NFD rookies managed only two points. All Stars will stay in the bottom half of the table for the another week applying more pressure on coach Vladislav Heric This was the first meeting between the two sides.