NFD WRAP - WEEK 29

UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0 BLACK LEOPARDS 1

A late goal by Lebogang Mabotja saw Black Leopards qualify for the Promotional Playoffs for the second year in three seasons. In 2015 Lidoda Duvha were denied by Cosmos on goal difference in the Playoffs. It was a year that saw Cosmos promoted and Swallows relegated from the PSL. Tuks have won only twice in their last 10 outings now, but are safe from relegation in 10th position. Leopards kept their unbeaten record in the capital city over Tuks.

SANTOS FC 1 WITBANK SPURS 0

Already relegated Santos won for just the 4th time all season and the first in 8 outings to spoil the party for visiting Spurs. The Witbank side are still mathematically able to qualify for the Playoffs, but need Amazulu, Stellenbosch and Eagles to lose on the final day of the NFD season and to win their encounter with Playoff chasing Eagles by 8 goals. Unlikely.   

AMAZULU 5 JOMO COSMOS 1

Amazulu launched into a Playoff spot with their 6th win in their last 8 outings. And what a win it was over a dejected Cosmos side. Veteran striker Nomvethe scored a brace to take his season tally to 17 goals and was ably assisted with a brace from Ramphela and a goal from Dlamini. Nsabiyumva nabbed a consolation goal for the visitors who slump to 12th on the log.      

THANDA ROYAL ZULU 4 FC CAPE TOWN 1

After losing to All Stars in the previous round, NFD Champions Thanda ended their home campaign with an emphatic win over relegation threatened FC Cape Town. A brace from Mhlengi Cele took his season tally up to 18, just two behind Sedwyn George of Eagles. FC Cape Town slipped back into the relegation zone, but are level on points with 14th placed Magesi who have a better goal difference.        

MILANO UNITED FC 1 STELLENBOSCH FC 0

Milano dug deep to win for a 2nd time in a row at home and frustrate Stellenbosch FC’s efforts to stay in a Playoff position. Booi grabbed the only goal of the match to see Milano climb to 13th, but still only 1 point clear of the relegation zone. Stellenbosch FC are 4th on the log, 1 point behind Amazulu and a points ahead of Royal Eagles.                

ROYAL EAGLES 0 MBOMBELA UNITED FC 0

4 goalless draws and a loss in their last 5 home matches has seen Eagles struggle to keep pace for a place in the post season. Mbombela are safe from relegation and pushed the home side down to 5th on the log. Although Eagles can still make the post season, they are now having to rely on other teams to achieve this. 

MAGESI FC 6 REAL KINGS 0

Magesi appear to be keeping their best until last over demolishing fellow NFD rookies Real Kings on Wednesday. Kings had hammered the Limpopo side 3 – 0 in the 1st Round, but nothing could have prepared the KZN side for that onslaught. Nevhulamba and Maziya both scored a brace, while Mapoulo and Mphyane weighed in with goals for the home side. Kings are safe from relegation but not have enjoyed their trip to Limpopo.    

MTHATHA BUCKS 1 CT ALL STARS 0

A late goal from Ngebo replicated the result from last season between the two sides and gave the Mthatha faithful a taste of what might have been should just a couple of the 13 draws this season been converted into wins. Both sides are safe from relegation and neither are in the mix for honours this season.