NFD WRAP - WEEK 21

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 2

Mbombela continued their domination over Tuks when they handed the student side their 4th loss in a row in less than a year. The win for the Mpumalanga side is their second away win in a row and their first on the road in the NFD this season. Mbombela climb back up to 10th just one place behind Tuks. Inky Masuku who poached a brace against Castle League side Days FC in the Nedbank Cup, repeated the dose in Pretoria to take his season tally up to 5 goals.

BLACK LEOPARDS 2 CT ALL STARS 1

Leopards kept their hopes of challenging for honours alive on Saturday when they handed All Stars their first loss of 2017 in Thohoyandou. Ndou and Musonda scored for the home to for Leopards to lead 2 – 0, but the Cape side fought back with a strike from Sekese to make to home side a little nervous before the final whistle signaled win number 10 for Lidoda Duvha. The Limpopo side are still 8 points behind logleaders Thanda.

MILANO UNITED FC 0 THANDA ROYAL ZULU 2

After dropping 9 points at the beginning of 2017, Thanda got back to winning ways and extended their stay at the top of the NFD to 18 weeks after beating Milano at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday. The win ended an unbeaten 5 match home record that Milano had held over the KZN side. Thanda’s goals from Ncobeni and Nkoana both came in the second. Thanda maintain their 8 point lead over the chasing pack, while Milano are now only 2 points above the relegation zone. 

ROYAL EAGLES 0 FC CAPE TOWN 0

Royal Eagles dropped out a Playoff position for the first time in 14 weeks when they were held goalless by a feisty FC CT side on Saturday. Eagles had beaten the Cape side in the Mother City for their only away win earlier in the campaign, but could not complete the double.  So Eagles drop to 4th from the top of the log, while the Cape side are 4th from bottom.

MTHATHA BUCKS 2 REAL KINGS 1

Mthatha Bucks held off NFD rookies Real Kings on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten home record and climb two places to 5th on the log. The home side scored through Kangwa and Hlubi, while Nzimande grabbed his 4th goal in as many matches for Kings. The KZN side have yet to win on the road this season.         

SANTOS FC 1 MAGESI FC 0

Santos gave their fans some hope of surviving relegation when they beat fellow relegation candidates on Sunday. The win is only the 3rd of the entire season for the Cape club and lifts them off the bottom of the log to just two points behind city rivals Milano. Magesi are now bottom of the log for a 13th week this season, two points behind Santos. Iqraam Rayners nabbed the all important goal for Santos.  

JOMO COSMOS 0 STELLENBOSCH FC 1

A goal on debut for former Supersport and Sundowns striker, Mame Niang gave visiting Stellenbosch a first ever away win over Cosmos and also ended the unbeaten home record of Cosmos on Sunday. The win elevates the Cape side into a place in the Playoffs for now above Royal Eagles, while Cosmos slip a further place back to 6th. Stellenbosch are unbeaten in the NFD this year.            

AMAZULU FC 0 WITBANK SPURS 2

Witbank Spurs won for the first time in 2017 on Sunday to leapfrog over Amazulu into 7th place on the log and re-ignite their outside chances of a place in the post season.  The loss for Amazulu is their second home defeat of the year having lost to Mthatha Bucks in February and sees the KZN slip to 8th. The goals for the Witbank side came from Patrick Mubayiwa and Shabalala.