NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 16 WRAP

CT ALL STARS 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 2

All Stars kept their unbeaten home record against Mthatha Bucks intact when they drew with Bucks on Friday. Setelele increased his goal tally to six goals with Mbunjana getting the 2nd for the home side, while the visitors goals came from Rantabane and Bhengu. The Mthatha based side remain in the relegation zone for a second week, with All Stars dropping one position to 10th having won only once in their last 7 outings.

UTHONGATHI FC 1 RICHARDS BAY 2

Richards Bay FC picked up their first away win and posted back to back victories for the first time this season on Saturday in the KZN derby. Goals from Hlope and Mkhulise gave the visitors the three points that sees the Richards Bay side climb to 13th, their highest position in 11 weeks. Vilane poached his 3rd goal of the season for Uthongathi, but it wasn’t enough with the NFD rookies failing to win in their last 3 outings.

ROYAL EAGLES 3 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 4

Three points gained on the road turned to three points lost in the boardroom for Mbombela. A Sekome hattrick aided by a goal from Patjie, was enough to see the Mpumalanga side in 4th on the log. But that all changed as tMbombela had fielded Mxolisi Mayongo illegally against TTM FC on 18 November in a 3 – 0 win and so they were penalised 3 points for that infringement. Mayongo is also suspended for 4 matches. The loss for Eagles is their first since the return of coach Papic to Harry Gwala and sinks the Maritzburg side back to just above the relegation zone. The home side will be encouraged by the goals scored by Mkhize, Komane and Zulu. The win on Saturday saw Mbombela doing the double over their KZN opponent, having beaten Eagles 2 - 1 in Round 8 at home.

STELLENBOSCH FC 0 TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 2

Stellenbosch FC lost their unbeaten home record and plunged to 7th, their lowest position this season after their defeat against TTM FC on Saturday. The Cape side have posted only one win in their last 10 starts after a promising beginning to the season where they were top of the log for 6 weeks. Ndlovu and Kapinga scored the goals for the visitors, who move up to 6th on the log in doing the season double over Stellenbosch FC.   

BLACK LEOPARDS 4 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0

Tuks championship hopes took a massive blow on Saturday, when they were hammered by a rejuvenated Leopards. The win for Lidoda Duvha is the first under new coach Joel Masutha and pushes the Limpopo side up into the top 8 for the first time in a month. Musonda continued his recent good form with a hattrick to take him to 8 goals for the season. Ndlovu scored the other goal. The defeat for Tuks is their 2nd biggest of the season and drops the Pretoria side to 4th on the log. It might have been 5th had Mbombela not been docked 3 points. With Tuks still having to play the majority of their matches away from home over the rest of the season, this result was the worst possible start to the year. Leopards will be delighted with having done the double over Tuks this season.

REAL KINGS 1 JOMO COSMOS 0

Real Kings jumped into a Promotional Playoff spot, their highest position of the season, with their win over Cosmos on Saturday. The win for the home side was their 3rd in a row and ended an eight match unbeaten run for Cosmos. Motsepa’s 1st goal of the season puts the KZN side just 1 point behind Cosmos on the log. There has been a heavy reliance on home matches from the Vosloorus side, having scored 22 points at home and only 6 on the road all season.         

SUPER EAGLES 0 HIGHLANDS PARK 3

With Cosmos, Tuks and Stellenbosch FC all dropping points before they played, Highlands took full advantage of the situation to open a five point gap over their leading rivals on Sunday. Two goals on debut for Sekola was complimented by a Katjiukua goal as the Tembisa side completed a season double over their Free State opponents. The Lions of the North have put an unbeaten run of 11 matches together (12 if you include the Nedbank Cup) and are looking strong. Eagles remain 12th, just 3 points above the relegation zone.

UBUNTU CT FC 2 WITBANK SPURS 1

Ranga Chivaviro ended 2017 with a brace against Royak Eagles and started 2018 with a brace against former employer Spurs to not only move himself to the top of the goal scorers table, but also claim the first home win of the season for his club. Ubuntu remain at the foot of the table for a 10 week, but are now only points away from escaping the drop zone. The loss for the visitors ends an 8 match unbeaten run and also drops the Witbank side out of the top half of the table.