NFD WRAP - WEEK 28

BLACK LEOPARDS 4 MAGESI FC 1

While one side of the Limpopo derby had reason to celebrate, the other would return home with their tail between their legs. Both however have plenty to do in order to achieve their late season aims. The win for Leopards consolidates their 2nd place on the log, but with two matches still remaining, a place in the Playoffs is not yet secure. The loss for Magesi saw the NFD rookies slip back into the relegation zone and they also have work to do in order to save their season. A hattrick from Musonda set up the win for the home side with Munyai grabbing the 4th goal for Leopards. A consolation goal from Mapoulo was small consolation for the visitors.

WITBANK SPURS 3 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 1

Spurs gained revenge for the 5 – 1 hammering at the hands of Mbombela earlier in the season when they returned the favour with a 3 – 1 win of their own. The win had double implications with the 3 points keeping Spurs in the hunt for a place in the post season while ending the hopes of their provincial rivals to do the same. A Sauls brace was aided by a Nyembe stike for Spurs, while Masuku scored the consolation goal for Mbombela.

FC CAPE TOWN 1 MTHATHA BUCKS 0

FC Cape Town bounced out of the relegation zone after their win over Mthatha Bucks. It was a win that has kept the hopes of the Cape surviving a torrid season, while breaking the hearts of the Eastern Cape side who can no longer qualify for the Playoffs. A lone goal from Heutcho was enough for the Cape side to jump 3 points clear of Magesi and the dreaded relegation zone.    

STELLENBOSCH FC 2 REAL KINGS 0

Stellenbosch FC consolidated their Playoff spot when they got back to winning ways with a solid home win over Kings. The Cape side are in 3rd place, just 1 point behind Leopards and 3 points ahead of Eagles, Amazulu and Spurs. Kings stay in midtable and have done well in the debut season as they are 8 points clear of relegation and safe for another season in the NFD. The goals for the Cape side were scored by Mabua and Niang.     

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 3 MILANO UNITED FC 0

Tuks picked up just their 2nd win in nine outings to ensure that there will be NFD football in the capital next season. The result plunges Milano however back into trouble though. The Cape side are now just 1 place and 1 point above Magesi in the relegation zone making the next two rounds crucial for their survival. The Tuks goals came from a brace from Petersen and Moseki and will have coach Shaun Barlett breathing easy this week.              

JOMO COSMOS 1 ROYAL EAGLES 2

It’s been a tough week for Jomo Cosmos. First losing their PSL DC case for the abandoned match against CT All Stars who were awarded 3 points for the win and a 3 – 0 scoreline to boot. On top of that Cosmos then lost to Playoff chasing Royal Eagles to end any hopes of making the post season and conceded an own goal to gift the visitors the victory. For Eagles it was a good afternoon with the 3 points keeping the KZN side nicely in touch with Leopards and Stellenbosch FC above them in the chase for a place in the Playoffs.

AMAZULU FC 3 SANTOS FC 0

Already relegated to the ABC Motsepe League before the match even got under way, former PSL champions Santos must be wondering what has struck their prestigious club. Amazulu however weren’t ready to offer up too much sympathy and consolidated their challenge for a place in the Playoffs with goals from veteran Nomvethe, Karuru and Nyondo. Amazulu are in a tie for 4th place along with Royal Eagles and Witbank Spurs, all on 44 points which is 2 points away from the post season with 2 matches remaining.    

CT ALL STARS 1 THANDA ROYAL ZULU 0

A bad week for Cosmo was in turn an excellent one for CT All Stars. The good news started on Thursday when the PSL DC awarded the Cape side a 3 – 0 win and 3 points for the abandoned match against Cosmos. Whether newly crowned Thanda were suffering from a hangover or still celebrating only they will know as they suffered just their second League defeat of the season. The win for All Stars confirmed their participation in the NFD next season. The only goal of the match came from Bengu for the home side.