NFD: Weekend Preview

NFD: Weekend Preview

NFD_logo3The chasing pack will be hoping to close in on Baroka FC, who along with Thanda Royal Zulu, are the only NFD teams not in action this weekend.

Baroka of course are involved in Nedbank Cup last eight action, the Limpopo side set to clash with neighbouring Polokwane City on Sunday afternoon. Baroka’s home match against Thanda will now take place on Wednesday, May 4.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Highlands Park (2nd) v Milano United (6th) – Makhulong Stadium

Highlands are just one point behind Baroka, although an inferior goal difference to the log leaders means that the Lions of the North must beat Milano if they are to snatch top spot. Milano will however have other ideas – the Cape side are still very much in the promotion race themselves, sitting six points off the summit, and just one point shy of the play-off zone. The Kinnes will also be looking to bounce back from two successive defeats, while the Gauteng club are undefeated in their last 13 matches.

Vasco Da Gama (11th) v Witbank Spurs (4th) – Parow Park

The Cape team have climbed eight points above the drop zone after consecutive wins over Santos and Baroka FC. Spurs meanwhile have been dropping points, the Mpumalanga club with two defeats and one draw in their last three outings.

Cape Town All Stars (7th) v Black Leopards (9th) – Athlone Stadium

Both clubs have showed improved form since changing coaches, All Stars having taken four points from Professor Ngubane’s first two matches in charge, while Leopards have won two out of two under Sello Chokoe, the former Baroka coach. All Stars beat Leopards 2-0 in Thohoyandou earlier this season, and have won two and drawn one of the last three games between the two sides.

Mbombela United (5th) v Moroka Swallows (16th) – Kanyamazane Stadium

Mbombela have claimed seven points from their last three fixtures to reignite their promotion push – in what is the club’s first season in the NFD, they are one point outside the top three with five games to go. Fighting for survival, Swallows are unbeaten in their last four matches, claiming six points from a win and three draws.

Mthatha Bucks (14th) v FC Cape Town (10th) – Mthatha Stadium

Bucks lost 1-0 to Black Leopards last weekend to end a seven game unbeaten streak in the league. Four points above the drop zone, a win however would take the Eastern Cape outfit to within three points of 10th placed FC Cape Town. The African Beasts beat Milano last week and have blown hot and cold of late, their last five games reading: Win, Loss, Win, Loss, Win.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Santos (12th) v Royal Eagles (3rd) – Athlone Stadium

Eagles’ win in the KZN derby against AmaZulu sent them up into the top three. This will be a third trip in six games to the Mother City for Eagles, who beat FC Cape Town but conceded a sloppy late goal in a 1-1 draw with All Stars. Santos drew away to Thanda last weekend and are searching for a first win in the league since beating All Stars in February.

AmaZulu (8th) v African Warriors (15th) – Princess Magogo Stadium

The loss to city rivals Royal Eagles last week cost Steve Barker his job. Now former Bafana Bafana winger Delron Buckley gets his shot at management, looking to restore confidence in a side that has claimed just one out of the last available 12 points. Warriors meanwhile have lost their last four games to slip into the drop zone, currently four points from safety.

Weekend suspensions:

F.C. CAPE TOWN: LUCKY NGUZANA, MARSHALL NYASHA MUNETSI, ROFHIWA TSHIKOVHI

MOROKA SWALLOWS: JOSTA SHIMANE DLADLA

ROYAL EAGLES: LESEGO MANGANYI

SANTOS: IQRAAM RAYNERS