The National First Division, The NFD
The National First Division, The NFD

HIGHLANDS PARK RELEGATED

Tembisa based Highlands Park were relegated back to the NFD after their home draw against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday. Highlands spent just one season in he top flight after their promotion in 2016. Baroka's win over Ajax Cape Town will see the Limpopo side join provincial rivals Lidoda Duvha and Stellenbosch FC in the Promotional Playoffs which will see one of the three sides play thier football in the lucrative PSL, with the other two campaigning in the NFD next season. The Playoffs begin on Wednesday 31st May. 

NFD PROMOTIONAL PLAYOFFS DRAW

The draw for the season ending NFD Promotional Playoffs was done at the offices of the PSL at lunchtime on Tuesday. The draw is as follows:

31 May 2017     Stellenbosch FC  vs  Baroka FC

03 June 2017     Black Leopards  vs  Stellenbosch FC

07 June 2017     Baroka FC  vs  Black Leopards

10 June 2017     Baroka FC  vs  Stellenbosch FC

14 June 2017     Stellenbosch FC  vs  Black Leopards

17 June 2017     Black Leopards  vs  Baroka FC

Venues and kick-off times will be confirmed to be confirmed.

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

NEW NFD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED ON SUNDAY

The 2016/17 National First Division champions, Thanda Royal Zulu will receive a brand new NFD trophy this weekend – replacing the old NFD trophy that has been in existence for the past couple of seasons. The trophy will be unveiled on Sunday, 14 May 2017 ahead of the NFD fixture between Real Kings and champions, Thanda Royal Zulu.  

The Design:

The new trophy celebrates 21 years of NFD football and also a move to invigorate the National First Division brand.

PROMOTIONAL PLAYOFF DATES ANNOUNCED

The dates for the 2016/17 Promotional Play-offs have been confirmed by the Premier Soccer League with the first fixture scheduled for 31 May 2017. The last fixture will be played on 17 June 2017.

The League has also confirmed that the Promotion Play-off draw will be conducted next week, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at the Premier Soccer League offices at 12h30 – two days after the last game of the National First Division.

KIKI MONARENG SPEAKS TO MBOMBELA UTD COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER - SOSTERN GUTSAA

Kiki: Tell me about yourself who you are?

Sostern: I used to work.in the computer and IT industry. I have always had a passion for creating publications. I did a publication for Emahlangeni Sport Academy, which was a professional magazine. Everyone was happy and I subsequently joined Mbombela United in 2011 on a full time basis when they were promoted to the NFD, as I was seen as someone who can take over there media space duties like updating there website, twitter and facebook platforms.

AMENDMENTS TO u/23 RULE IN NFD

NSL Rule Change: NFD U23 Rule

The National Soccer League Board of Governors approved a change in the NSL Rules relating to the use of the u/23 players in the National First Division. The Rule came in effect on 01 August 2016.

Please see below the old Rule and the new Rule – as it now appears in the NSL Handbook.

The Old Rule:

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