Bucks Relegated, Wins For Royal Eagles & Uthongathi
National First Division Wrap
Jomo Cosmos relegated Mthatha Bucks following a 3-0 victory in the Eastern Cape, Black Leopards hammered Richards Bay 4-0, while Royal Eagles and Uthongathi FC both secured three valuable points with 1-0 wins over Ubuntu Cape Town and Mbombela United respectively.
In addition, Stellenbosch have all but extinguished Witbank Spurs’ late play-off charge during a 5-goal thriller in the Mother City.
Ezenkosi, thanks to Ananias Gebhardt, Nkanyiso Zungu and Mmiseni Ndlovu, cemented their place in the top three, whereas Bucks are back in the third tier.
It was the same scenario in Thohoyandou, where a brace from Joseph Mhlongo coupled with Meshack Maphangule and Ivan Mahangwahaya’s single strikes left a 10-man Richards Bay in the drop zone with just two games to play.
The match was evenly poised until Lidoda Duvha wacked home 2 goals in 2 minutes around the 60th minute, which ultimately destroyed any chances the KZN outfit may have had.
Royal Eagles showed who was best at Athlone Stadium as Mame Niang grabbed the winner on the stroke of half time after his team had earlier rattled the woodwork.
Ubuntu now face the daunting task of a trip to Richards Bay next weekend. If they do manage to win this “6 pointer” then the KZN side will follow in the footsteps of Bucks, depending on other results.
Stellenbosch managed to overpower Siyavutha, who came from two goals down to level matters before eventually going down 3-2.
Ayanda Nkili and Iqraam Rayners (2) scored for Steve Barker’s team, while Spurs’ Patrick Mubayiwa and Bongani Shabalala were on target.
Sammy Troughton’s Uthongathi require at least another win to remain in the NFD next season after Xolani Slawula’s penalty.
NFD champions, Highlands Park and Cape Town All Stars, drew 1-1 in Parow, while Real Kings and University of Pretoria played to same score line.
AmaTuks’ striker, Chemon Petersen, was on song yet again with his 5th goal in 3 games.
Super Eagles managed to hold Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC to a goalless draw at home but they are also still not safe and have the 3rd highest negative goal difference (-13) after Bucks and Bay.