NFD: Final round on Sunday

NFD: Final round on Sunday

NFD_logo3Its now or never for the likes of Thanda Royal Zulu and African Warriors at the foot of the table, while Mbombela United will be determined to hang on to their top three spot.

All matches take place on Sunday, 22 May, 3pm kick off.

Thanda Royal Zulu (14th) v African Warriors (15th) – Umhlathuze Sports Complex

Thanda are on 27 points, Warriors on 25. So the equation is simple: Warriors must beat the KZN side, any other result and the Free State club will be relegated.

Highlands Park (2nd) v AmaZulu (9th) – Makhulong Stadium

Highlands Park are guaranteed a play-off spot as they are six points clear of fourth placed Milano. Its unlikely the Lions of the North will catch Baroka at the top of the table as it will need a five point swing in goal difference for that to happen. For AmaZulu, its all about pride as they look to end the season on a positive note after struggling for form in the second half of the season.

Mbombela United (3rd) v Cape Town All Stars (7th) – Kanyamazane Stadium

Mbombela are three points above Milano and Witbank Spurs, and have a superior goal difference of four and nine over the two sides below them. A draw or a win would see the NFD rookies into the play-offs, while even a defeat would not harm their prospects, provided there is not a substantial goal difference swing.

Baroka FC (1st) v Milano United (4th) – Peter Mokaba Stadium

With a three point and five goal difference cushion over Highlands Park, it would take a huge upset for the Limpopo side not to wrap up the championship this weekend and automatically book their place in the Absa Premiership for next season. Milano meanwhile are up against it as they attempt to overturn a three point and four goal deficit on third placed Mbombela.

Witbank Spurs (5th) v Moroka Swallows (16th) – Puma Rugby Stadium

Spurs have an even tougher task than Milano in terms of trying to claim Mbombela’s play-off spot as the Witbank side need to make up a three point and a nine goal deficit; Siyavutha’s 2-2 draw with Royal Eagles on Monday seemingly having cost them a chance of making the play-offs. The Birds meanwhile have already had their relegation fate sealed and cannot finish higher than 15th.

Royal Eagles (6th) v Mthatha Bucks (11th) – Harry Gwala Stadium

It has been a case of so far yet so near for the KZN club, who go into the final day’s action four points off the play-off zone after claiming just one point from their last three matches. Mthatha Bucks meanwhile go into the game with a huge weight lifted off their shoulders after last weekend’s win over Highlands Park secured their NFD status for another season.

Santos (10th) v FC Cape Town (13th) – Athlone Stadium

In the final Cape derby of the season, Santos will be looking for a third straight win after victories over Swallows and Black Leopards lifted them clear of the relegation zone. After showing good form in the second half of the season, things have tapered off for the African Beasts, who have gone four matches without a win.

Vasco Da Gama v Black Leopards – Parow Park

Vasco managed to do just enough in recent weeks to escape the relegation battle, the Cape side claiming seven points from their last five matches. Leopards continue to battle for consistency as they have done all season, the Limpopo outfit with two wins and three defeats in their last five games.

Weekend Suspensions:

HIGHLANDS PARK: AUGUSTON LEONARD

MOROKA SWALLOWS: BOYSEN MBATHA, KHOTSO MALOPE

MTHATHA BUCKS: MASHALE RANTABANE

ROYAL EAGLES: DOMINIC ISAACS, KARABO LITABE

SANTOS: SHAFEEQ ARENDSE

THANDA ROYAL ZULU: MISHO MTEBULE

VASCO DA GAMA: MATTHEW ROWELL, ROSCOE PIETERSEN

WITBANK SPURS: PERCY TAU