NFD : Weekend Wrap up
There were wins for African Warriors, AmaZulu, Black Leopards, Royal Eagles and Santos after the dust had settled on an interesting Saturday afternoon’s NFD action. Baroka FC moved one point clear at Cape Town All Stars at the top of the National First Division after a 1-0 win over Milano United at Athlone on Sunday.
Leopards, who announced Kosta Papic as their coach on Friday, ended a five game winless streak when they beat Vasco da Gama 2-0 at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lidoda Duvha’s two main attacking threats, Roggert Nyundu and Leonard Ntshangase, were on the score-sheet for the hosts.
AmaZulu meanwhile secured a 2-1 win over Highlands Park at the Princess Magogo Stadium. After a goal-less first half, Highlands Park netted first when Mothibi Mvala headed in an Auguston Leonard cross. But Usuthu leveled the game when Mphele Refentse notched an own goal, before Mark van Heerden’s free kick sealed the win 10 minutes from time for the KZN side.
Royal Eagles kept their good run of form going when they took all three points from their trip to Mthatha Bucks, where Sandile Kubheka scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes as he netted from a rebound. Eagles keeper Siya Mgoma proved to be the difference as he denied Bucks’ Moses Spandeel several times in the second stanza.
Down in Cape Town, a tightly contested derby ended in a 1-0 win for Santos over FC Cape Town at the NNK Rugby Stadium. In the end, and for the second game running, it took a late goal from Suhayl Allie to seal the win for the Peoples’ Team. The home side ended the game with 10 men and also had a goal ruled off-sides.
Cape Town All Stars were forced to come from two goals down before being able to grab a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Mbombela United at Athlone.
The Mpumalanga side went in front after the restart when Mlungisi Mbunjana put the ball in his own net before Siyethemba Mnguni doubled the advantage. But Igugu Lekpa fought back with goals from Thumelo Bodibe and a Tshwarelo Bereng free kick to earn point.
Moroka Swallows earned themselves a point when they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 Witbank Spurs. Spurs scored in the first half through Humphrey Khoza before Aleni Lebyane equalised for the Birds.
African Warriors secured a much-needed win, springing clear of the relegation zone as they beat Thanda Royal Zulu at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. Getting the goals for the Free Staters were Ange Lebayi and Bonginkosi Nxumalo
It was an evenly contested contest, which saw the visiting team having the first chance of the game when captain Dineo Shaku saw his long range effort skimming the woodwork.
Milano were also close to scoring, as Nasief Morris saw his header from Morne Davids’ 17th minute corner kick brushing the cross-bar, the hosts going on to enjoy most of the ball possession in the first half before Baroka showed some threat just before the break.
Home goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt was the busier of the two shot stoppers in the second half. After making a couple of good saves, he was beaten by Thabiso Kutumela, who netted his 10th goal of the season on 75 minutes as the Limpopo team reclaimed top spot ahead of the two week break to the NFD fixture list.
Saturday’s NFD results:
Moroka Swallows 1 – 1 Witbank Spurs
Black Leopards 2 – 0 Vasco Da Gama
AmaZulu 2 – 1 Highlands Park
FC Cape Town 0 – 1 Santos
African Warriors 2 – 0 Thanda Royal Zulu FC
Cape Town All Stars 2 – 2 Mbombela United
Mthatha Bucks 0 – 1 Royal Eagles
Sunday’s NFD results:
Milano 0 -1 Baroka Fc
Source : PSL