NFD : Baroka drew, Witbank Spur lose at home
There were important wins for the likes of Royal Eagles, Thanda Royal Zulu and FC Cape Town during Saturday’s National First Division action, while Baroka draw and Witbank Spurs lose at him.
Santos 0 – 0 Mbombela United
A hard-fought NFD game at Athlone yielded no goals as Santos and Mbombela United played out to a 0-0 draw.
Mbombela had the better of the first half proceedings, but failed to unlock the home defence.
The second half saw the visitors with more direct chances on goal, but Peoples’ Team keeper Tashrique Goldman made a series of stunning saves to keep his side in the match, and while the hosts rallied for a late winner, they could also not break the deadlock.
The result leaves Mbombela on 36 points, two points off a play-off place, while Santos remain 10th, with 23 points.
Baroka FC 0-0 Highlands Park
The hosts and log leaders squandered several good chances, including a couple by NFD top goal-scorer Thabiso Kutumela as they had to settle for a point against promotion hopefuls Highlands Park.
Baroka FC needed to win at all cost to keep their position at the top of the log, with Witbank Spurs breathing down their neck a win was needed at all costs.
Royal Eagles 1-0 Black Leopards
Eagles claimed maximum points at the Harry Gwala Stadium thanks to Siyanda Ngubo’s sixth minute penalty to see the KZN side moving one point behind third placed Highlands Park.
African Warriors 0-0 Mthatha Bucks
It was a tight and evenly contested game with few chances at the Charles Mopeli Stadium between the 14th (Warriors) and 15th placed sides.
Witbank Spurs 2-3 FC Cape Town
There was a real thriller in Witbank as the lead was exchanged several times before the Cape team finally emerged with maximum points. Spurs went into the break 1-0 up after a Thabang Rooi goal.
But the African Beasts hit back just half time when Siphiwe Gwala netted on 50 minutes, before getting his second goal in the 82nd minute. It was 2-2 on 90 minutes thanks to Bongani Mathebela’s goal for Spurs, only for the Cape side to seal a 91st minute win thanks to Eden Nene’s effort.
Thanda Royal Zulu 1-0 CT All Stars
The struggling KZN side secured a crucial three points, courtesy of Matshepe Komane’s penalty just before half time, the Cape side having missed an earlier spot kick by Tshwarelo Bereng. All Stars ended the game with 10 men after a late red card for Mlungisi Mbunjana.