NFD : More twists in the title tale
Two of the National First Division’s top three clubs suffered defeats during an intriguing afternoon’s play on Saturday.
Vasco da Gama 3-1 Baroka FC
The big shock of the day was down at Parow Park, where Vasco da Gama secured their sixth win of the season by beating log leaders Baroka FC 3-1.
The hosts struck early on, Siphesihle Stuurman making it two goals in two games with a long range cracker. A mistake at the back on 33 minutes saw Alcardo Van Graan doubling Vasco’s lead.
Stanley Muishond smashed in a superb long range shot in the 80th minute to make it 3-0. Two minutes later Baroka were awarded a penalty, but Donald Mokondelela put his spot kick wide. The Limpopo side though were to get on the score-sheet, Jacky Motshegwa netting in the 84th minute.
Witbank Spurs 0-1 Mbombela United
Up in Mpumalanga, Witbank Spurs suffered a derby defeat to their provincial neighbours, Tommy Mandlazi firing in from close range for an 89th minute winner. The result sees Spurs relinquishing their top three spot to Royal Eagles.
Royal Eagles 1-0 AmaZulu
AmaZulu lost a second successive KZN derby, Katlego Mphela’s goal on 31 minutes enough to secure maximum points for Eagles at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Moroka Swallows 1-1 Highlands Park
Highlands Park scored first through Cyprian Khambule, but Swallows fought back bravely for a point, Clifford Mulenga netting in a second successive match for the Birds. The Lions of the North are now one point behind Baroka.
Milano United 0-1 FC Cape Town
Milano United were handed a second defeat in a row, Marshall Munetsi scoring the only goal of the Mother City derby match at Athlone.
African Warriors 0-1 Cape Town All Stars
Mlungisi Mbunjana returned from a three match suspension to secure a much needed win for Igugu Lekapa as Warriors’ relegation worries were compounded.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
15:00 Black Leopards v Mthatha Bucks – Thohoyandou Stadium
15:00 Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Santos – Umhlathuze Sports Complex