Eagles Stun Tshakhuma, Richards Bay Outwit AmaTuks
National First Division Wrap
National First Division table-toppers Highlands Park grabbed their 50th point with an easy 3-0 victory over Witbank Spurs, Royal Eagles stunned Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) 2-0 in KZN and Real Kings recorded a good 2-1 away win over Stellenbosch FC.
In addition, Black Leopards whipped Super Eagles 3-0, Mbombela United bounced back to defeat Jomo Cosmos 2-0, while there were also wins for lowly Ubuntu Cape Town and Richards Bay.
The Lions of the North, who’ve netted 15 goals without reply in their last six matches, continued to shine at the Puma Rugby Stadium, where a strike in each half by Peter Shalulile coupled with a late own goal, ensured that Owen da Gama’s side opened up a 12-point lead.
Despite this loss, Siyavutha remain in the hunt for a spot in the top three, especially after TTM’s defeat to Roger Sikhakhane’s rejuvenated Eagles at the Harry Gwala Stadium.
Siyanda Ngebo and Diego Brown helped Eagles to move well clear of the drop zone although there will be concerns following the red card issued to their valuable captain, Boikanyo Komane.
Kings leapfrogged TTM into second spot, while Lidoda Duvha, thanks to Mwape Musonda, Thembisani Nevhulamba and Joseph Mhlongo, are just a point from a play-off position following their home win.
Mbombela outwitted Ezenkosi with goals from Mfanufikile Ndzimandze and Siphesihle Zwane.
In an exciting match at the Athlone Stadium, which could have gone either way, Ubuntu recorded their fifth win by overpowering Mthatha Bucks 1-0.
Clint Fredericks’ 4th-minute effort was the difference between the two clubs and although Bucks tried hard to equalize through constant pressure, the home side’s defence stood firm.
Veteran striker, Gregory Roelf, gave Richards Bay a lifeline by netting the only goal of the game as University of Pretoria’s slump continues.
Uthongathi FC earned a value point by holding Cape Town All Stars to a goalless draw.