Thanda & Leopards Win, Magesi thrash Eagles
National First Division Wrap
While National First Division log leaders, Thanda Royal Zulu and second- placed Black Leopards, cruised to 2-0 and 2-1 victories over Santos and FC Cape Town respectively, Royal Eagles and Stellenbosch both lost important matches.
In addition, there were goals galore as University of Pretoria succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Witbank Spurs and Real Kings hammered Milano United 5-1.
Amabhubhesi maintained their 8-point lead after second half goals from Boikanyo Komane and Michael Boy Gumede - leaving the People’s Team rock-bottom!
At the NNK Rugby Stadium, Lidoda Duvha were far superior to the African Beasts, especially in the first half but lacked that final touch until Marks Munyai’s terrific free kick.
Shozi Khayelihle then slotted home to make it 2-0 before a consolation goal from home substitute, Lucky Mathosi.
Although the league’s top scorer, Sedwyn George, brought his tally to 19, big-spending Eagles were no match for Shephard Murape’s team, who won 4-2, thanks largely to Dithloriso Mphyane’s brace.
Usuthu grabbed all three points against Stellenbosch with a 2-1 win at Athlone via penalties from Vukile Mngqibisa and Tapelo Nyongo.
Joshua Sauls’ neat hat-trick gave Siyavutha their second successive win which lifts Mr Mafu’s side into the top six, on the same number of points (33) as Eagles and Mthatha Bucks.
Kings produced an excellent display of attacking football at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, where Thobani Kunene, Mondli Miya, Sphesihle Nzimande, Lindokuhle “Ma 11” Mtshali and his on-loan Orlando Pirates’ team mate, Ntsako “Never Die” Malhubela were on target.
This is the second time that Boebie Solomons’ side has conceded five goals in KZN. Back in December, AmaZulu put six into their net and with this heavy defeat, Eezy my Kinnes are not only in deep trouble but also have the worst goal difference (-18).
Mbombela United and Mthatha Bucks played out a 1-1 draw, while the game between Cape Town All Stars and Jomo Cosmos had to be abandoned following the alleged late arrival of their kit and registration cards.