Highlands Hit Mbombela For Seven, Richards Bay Stun Tshakhuma
National First Division Wrap
National First Division log leaders, Highlands Park, moved a step closer to automatic promotion after humiliating Mbombela United 7-1, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC (TTM) suffered a shock home loss at the hands of lowly Richards Bay FC, while Mthatha Bucks sunk further into the relegation quagmire following a 2-1 defeat to Uthongathi FC.
In addition, there were wins for Super Eagles, Jomo Cosmos, Cape Town All Stars and Black Leopards.
Thanks to an avalanche of second half goals, including braces from Mothobi Mvala and Moeketsi Sekola, the Lions of the North could snatch the title with about 5 games spare.
Given Msimango, Peter Shalulile (penalty) and Bongani Sam were also on the scoresheet for the victors, while Mbombela’s Thabo Khumalo at one point netted an early equalizer.
Richards Bay, for whom Stanley Muishond scored the only goal of the game, recorded their 6th win after a gallant display in Limpopo.
Uthongathi also produced the goods by coming back from a goal down with
Siyabonga Vilane their hero in the Eastern Cape.
Mpho Erasmus opened the scoring for Duncan Lechesa’s team but Vilane struck twice to give the KZN club some hope.
Super Eagles’ new head coach, Ian Palmer, was a happy man after outwitting fellow relegation candidates, Royal Eagles, 1-0 in the Free State, where Thapelo Selepe did the damage.
Jomo Cosmos leapfrogged TTM following an easy 3-1 win over Ubuntu Cape Town, who’ve dropped back into the bottom two.
Ezenkosi’s goals were scored by Sicelo Mkhize, Clifford Mulenga and Tebogo Tlolane, while Duncan Adonis netted for Ubuntu.
Igugu Lekapa overpowered local rivals, Stellenbosch, 2-0 thanks to Shaquille Abrahams and Tshepo Mashigo.
Lidoda Duvha grabbed the 2nd spot with a 2-1 victory over Real Kings in Durban.
The match between the University of Pretoria and Witbank Spurs ended 1-1 with veteran striker, Henrico Botes, on target before Tuks’ Khethukuthula Zwane levelled matters.
An interesting aspect of the fight to avoid the drop is that Uthongathi, Royal Eagles and Super Eagles are all sitting on 26 points.