Highlands Stretch Lead To 11 Points, Ubuntu Move Out Of Drop Zone
National First Division Wrap
There were some shock results in the National First Division as high-flying Real Kings, Black Leopards and University of Pretoria all dropped valuable points to lower opposition, while Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) and Witbank Spurs recorded 2-1 victories over Mbombela United and Richards Bay respectively.
In addition, log leaders, Highlands Park netted a late winner against Uthongathi FC and Jomo Cosmos bounced back to overpower Stellenbosch 2-1.
During a hard-fought KZN derby, Roger Sikhakhane’s Royal Eagles stunned Kings 1-0 when lanky ex-Mamelodi Sundowns striker, Mame Niang, rose high to head home.
This vital win gives Sbu Mpisane’s side some breathing space in the effort to avoid relegation.
Mthatha Bucks managed to hold Lidoda Duvha to a goalless draw in the Eastern Cape.
A first-half brace by Ubuntu’s Ranga Chivaviro coupled with a single strike from Kamohelo Mahlatsi - in the space of just six minutes - completely demoralized AmaTuks.
This result propelled the Mother City side out of the drop zone for the first time since mid-September.
Sello Chokoe’s TTM are back in second place following goals from Carlington Nyadombo and Themba Ndlovu as Mbombela’s slump continues.
However, the same cannot be said for their Mpumalanga rivals, Spurs, who grabbed a seventh win thanks to Thabo Makhele and Cleopas Dube.
Siyavutha are currently just one win away from the lucrative play-offs, whereas Richards Bay with only 21 points from 22 games remain in deep trouble.
The Lions of the North are now 11 points clear after Peter Shalulile netted the only goal of the game at Makhulong Stadium, while Ezenkosi grabbed fourth spot following their home victory.
Tinashe Makanda opened the scoring for Steve Barker’s outfit however, Cosmos came back strong in the second period with goals from Alan Mabula and Mpho Rasilingwane.
Cape Town All Stars and Super Eagles also produced no goals in Parow.