NFD 2017/18 - WEEK 19 WRAP

REAL KINGS 1 UTHONGATHI FC 1

In form Real Kings missed out on a chance to close the gap to logleaders Highlands Park when they drew the KZN derby on Saturday with Uthongathi. Mondli Miya scored for the home side in his last appearance for Kings before joining Polokwane City, but Vilane nabbed his 5th of the season for the equaliser, leaving new coach Sammy Troughton unbeaten since joining the Cane Cutters. Kings stay 6 points behind Highlands with Uthongathi remaining in 11th.

CT ALL STARS 0 UBUNTU CT FC 0

Ubuntu dropped back to the bottom of the NFD log after their goalless draw in the Cape derby on Saturday. The stalemate left All Stars just outside the top 8. All Stars are unbeaten in their last 5 matches, while their city rivals will spend their 15th consecutive week in the relegation zone and their 10th at the bottom of the standings.

TSHAKHUMA TSHA MADZIHANDILA 2 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 1

TTM continue to play impressive football and are getting the result too. The Limpopo side are unbeaten in 5 outings and with back to back wins have climbed to 4th on the log level on points with 3rd placed Cosmos. Tuks are without a win in 5 outings and slowly dropping away from contention this season. Nedzamba and Ndlovu scored for the home side while Botes bagged his first of the season for Tuks.

MTHATHA BUCKS 2 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 0

A brace from Erasmus gave Mthatha Bucks their first win in 11 outings to move the Eastern Cape side off the bottom of the log and elevate Erasmus to the top of the scorers list with 10 goals. Equal with Phewa and Mokoena. The loss for visiting Mbombela drop them 4 places to 10th in a congested middle of the table. It is only the third time this season that the Mpumalanga side has been outside the top half of the table. Bucks still have some work to do to escape the clutches of relegation as they lie in 15th position, 2 points behind Royal Eagles.

SUPER EAGLES FC 0 STELLENBOSCH FC 0

Despite playing to a draw in Bethlehem, Stellenbosch FC still moved up 2 places to 5th on the table on Saturday showing just how congested the middle of the pack is. The Cape side are 4 points away from a place in the post season. The point for the home side keeps the Free State outfit 4 points away from the drop zone.   

HIGHLANDS PARK 0 RICHARDS BAY FC 0

Highlands Park might have extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches in league and cup on Sunday in Tembisa, and kept their 6 point lead over the chasing pack, but perhaps Coach Owen da Gama will hoping the home form returns for the NFD title favourites as they have drawn their last 4 home matches. The point for the visitors lifts Richards Bay over Royal Eagles into 13th position, but there is lots of work to be done for the KZN outfit as they are only 2 pots clear of the relegation zone.           

JOMO COSMOS 1 WITBANK SPURS 1

Hi-riding Cosmos had to fight hard on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten home record and their spot in the Promotional Playoffs. Spurs scored first when Debouto found the net after just 10 minutes, but there was double disappointment for the Witbank side as first Maziya snatched his debut goal for Cosmos and then goalkeeper Ndlovu saved a last minute penalty from Debouto to grab a share of the spoils for the home side. Spurs remain 8th on the log.      

BLACK LEOPARDS 1 ROYAL EAGLES 0

Home side Leopards had to rely on a penalty to secure all three points against Royal Eagles on Sunday and drop the KZN side to just one spot above the relegation zone. Leopards climb to 7th and are 5 points away from a place in the post season, with a healthy goal difference.