NFD WRAP - WEEK 30

BLACK LEOPARDS 0 MTHATHA BUCKS 3

Having already qualified for the post season Playoffs, Black Leopards just looked to keep themselves out of trouble with injuries and cards in their final match of the regular season. The visitors took full advantage of the situation and won comfortably with goals from Kangwa, Maqokolo and Ngebo. The Eastern Cape side end the season in the top half of the table in a season that promised much more.

JOMO COSMOS 3 UNIVERSITY of PRETORIA 0

Cosmos ended their season with a good win over a Tuks side who slip down to 12th on the table after a dismal second half of the season, where the Pretoria side won only 4 of their 15 matches and lost 7. The goals for Cosmos came from Macuphu, Haoseb and Sono Jnr. Both sides will hope do better next season.   

WITBANK SPURS 1 ROYAL EAGLES 3

Eagles put up brave performance in Witbank, but needed more than the win to secure a place in the Playoffs. The KZN did all they could in their final outing but will have to be satisfied with 4th place finish, missing the post season by 1 point. Spurs end in 7th. Sauls scored for the home side, while Cele, Nkewana and Chansa did what they needed to do for Eagles

FC CAPE TOWN 1 AMAZULU FC 0

A result that not many would have predicted not only saved the NFD status for the Cape side, but dashed any hopes that Amazulu had of making the Playoffs. Surely former Tuks man Mathosi could never have thought that his 5th goal in his 15th appearance for FC Cape Town could have been one of such significance. One has to sympathise with the KZN side who end the season in 5th after having been so close to the post season.         

STELLENBOSCH FC 1 SANTOS FC 0

A penalty from Mame Niang was enough to secure a place in the Playoffs for Stellenbosch FC against already relegated Santos. Victory was always a requirement for the former Vasco Da Gama, but then came the goal from FC Cape Town that sank Amazulu and the celebrations started. Santos play in the ABC Motsepe League next season..

CT ALL STARS 4 MILANO UNITED FC 2

The early FC Cape Town goal and a 0 – 0 between Mbombela and Magesi must have had the Milano side in all sorts of panic at halftime where Amazulu were champions elect and Milano were relegated. Come the 2nd half of the 8 matches and the Gods suddenly smiled on Milano. Stellenbosch went 1 up against Santos to bump Amazulu off the Playoff position and Mbombela stuck 3 past Magesi to see the Limpopo side relegated and Milano were safe.    

MBOMBELA UNITED FC 3 MAGESI FC 0

Mbombela ended the hopes and the season for NFD rookies Magesi and dumped the Limpopo side straight back to the ABC Motsepe League along with Santos. The home side scored an early goal from Mulenga. But it was the two goals that came after the 80th minute from Mulenga and Madikane that saw the home side up to 6th and Magesi packing their bags.    

REAL KINGS 1 THANDA ROYAL ZULU 2

NFD Champions Thanda showed their champion pedigree when they came from behind to beat a game Real Kings side in tricky weather conditions. Kings went 1 – 0 up through Malhubela, but Thanda struck back with a 19th goal of the season for Mhlengi Cele and ended the hope of Kings when Malope found the back of the net. While Thanda are off the promised land of the PSL, Kings will reflect on their 11th place finish in their debut season in the pro ranks with some pride.