NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 12 WRAP

CT ALL STARS 0 UTHONGATHI FC 0

A  point on debut for new coach Brandon Truter was arguably the only positive thing to come out of their first ever meeting with Uthongathi FC on Friday, because the Cape side have not won in three outings, without scoring a goal in any of the last three. The draw also saw the Cape side drop to 10th on the log. Not good news for Uthongathi FC either, as they have not won in five outings and haven’t scored a goal in their last four matches. The KZN side remain in 13th on the log.

SUPER EAGLES 1 BLACK LEOPARDS 2

Back to back wins for new Leopards coach Ivan Minnaert sees the Limpopo club into the top 8 for the first time since Round 3. But it wasn’t as easy as just arriving in Bethlehem as Super Eagles made Lidoda Duvha fight for every metre. Musonda and Nange had the ball in the net for Leopards, while Mbuli nabbed his first of the season for the home side who will remain 12th on the log. This was the first meeting between the two sides.        

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 2 ROYAL EAGLES 2

Embattled Royal Eagles grabbed 2 goals and a valuable away point as they held TTM FC at home on Saturday. The result for the KZN side sees them escape from the relegation zone for the moment. It was a good comeback for TTM FC too after the disastrous 0 – 3 pounding at the hands of Mbombela. TTM FC scored through Monde and Nedzamba, while Mashiane poached both goals for the visitors.      

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 3 RICHARDS BAY FC 0

Tuks once again signalled their intent of a direct passage back to the PSL when they hammered struggling Richards Bay on Saturday. Moseki’s brace make him the NFD’s leading goal poacher, while Sebastiao grabbed his first of the season to set the scoreboard ticking. Tuks move up to 2nd on the log, just 1 point behind Highlands Park, while Richards Bay slide back into the relegation zone where they will spend their 8th week in total this season.

HIGHLANDS PARK 0 WITBANK SPURS 0

Highlands Park extended their lead at the top of the standings to five weeks and their unbeaten record to 7 matches, but no goals and a win for Tuks sees their lead clipped to just one point. Spurs stay in 7th for a 4th straight week with their 6th draw of the season as the Mpumalanga based side extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

REAL KINGS 0 STELLENBOSCH FC 0

Real Kings and Stellenbosch FC played to their first draw in 3 encounters to extend the home sides’ unbeaten run to 4 matches all without conceding a goal. Stellenbosch FC have not posted a win in their last 6 matches, and have failed to score in five of those. Real Kings coach Simo Dladla was presented with a momento to celebrate his 100th match since taking over as coach of the KZN side.

MTHATHA BUCKS 1 UBUNTU CT FC 4

Ubuntu CT FC finally won their first match of the season on Sunday. And what a win it was. Never easy to travel to Mthatha, the Cape side put Bucks to the sword with an emphatic performance on Sunday. Cale scored early, with Chivaviro and Sibanda adding to the woes of the home side. Bucks pulled one back through Mathosi, but the Cape side scored their 4th  through Ganga moments later and the result was in the bag. While Ubuntu will remain at the bottom of the log for a 7th straight week, they are now just two points away from escaping the drop zone. Bucks have some work to do as they are without a win in 4 outings. They remain in 11th.      

JOMO COSMOS 4 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 1

Cosmos promised their fans that they would make Voslorus a fortress and they delivered on that promise in another emphatic home victory on Sunday. Mbombela arrived two positions above Cosmos on the log and left 1 place below their hosts after a tumultuous 90 minutes. Mntambo, Lebahi and Macuphu all scored for the home side before Liphoko pulled one back for Mbombela. But Cosmos weren’t finished and veteran Mulenga restored the three goal cushion against his former employer. Cosmos climb to 3rd on the log, just 2 points from the top of the standings, while Mbombela slip to 4th.