NFD PREVIEW - WEEK 30

BLACK LEOPARDS v MTHATHA BUCKS

Black Leopards play their final match of the season relaxed in the knowledge that they are safe in the Promotional Playoffs. They meet an Mthatha Bucks side who are safe from relegation, but might have challenged for honours this season had it not been for the 13 draws they played to in 29 outings.

JOMO COSMOS v UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA

With both sides safe from relegation and not challenging for honours this season, Cosmos and Tuks will have time to reflect on what has been a disappointing season for both sides. Cosmos were 2nd on the log in weeks 6 & 7, but the season slipped away to see the Tsakane based side down in 12th position going into the fianl week. Tuks themselves were up in the top 3 in the opening month of the season, hit a slump in the middle of the campaign, staged a mild recovery only to slump to 2 wins in the last 10 matches.   

WITBANK SPURS v ROYAL EAGLES

Both Spurs and Eagles can still make the post season. For the home side the chances of qualifying are minimal as they will reqire a win by a double figure margin to make that happen. The Witbank side can however ruin the day and the chances of a place in the Playoffs for the KZN side with a win or a draw. It’s win or bust for Eagles with the hopes of slip-ups by both Stellenbosch FC and Amazulu.

FC CAPE TOWN v AMAZULU FC

One team are fighting for a place in the Promotional Playoffs, while the other is fighting for their survival in the NFD. FC Cape Town will have to win and hope for failures by Magesi and Milano if they are to retain their NFD status. Not so easy when you meet the side best placed of the 4 challenging for that final place in the Playoffs. Amazulu are 3rd on the log with a victory required to guarantee their place alongside Leopards in the Playoffs.         

STELLENBOSCH FC v SANTOS FC

Santos might be already relegated, but as they showed against Spurs in midweek, are capable of winning matches. They have however not won away from home this season so far, but if they do win on Sunday, Stellenbosch FC will play NFD football again next season. The loss in midweek by the former Vasco da Gama to Milano United put the home side in a difficult position where they not only have to beat Santos but hope that Amazulu slip up against FC Cape Town.

CT ALL STARS v MILANO UNITED FC

Milano will have to put in a similar performance as they did against Stellenbosch FC in midweek if they are to retain their NFD status. There are other options though. If FC Cape Town lose to Amazulu, then Milano will be safe. All Stars are safe from relegation and it will be interesting to see if they do their city rivals a favour.   

MBOMBELA UNITED FC v MAGESI FC

After their 6 – 0 trouncing of Real Kings in midweek, Magesi will travel to Mpumalanga with high spirits. Mbombela are safe from relegation, but will want to impress their fans in their final home match of the season. Mbombela have only lost twice at home all season, the last of those in early March. A win for Magesi will keep the Limpopo side in the NFD for another season and see FC Cape Town relegated.    

REAL KINGS v THANDA ROYAL ZULU

A KZN derby will end the campaign for the two sides that won’t meet in the NFD next season. Thanda Royal Zulu were crowned NFD Champions after Round 27 and will play in the PSL next season. It’s been a good season for the new kids on the NFD block, with Kings likely to end in the top 10 in the first foray into the professional ranks.