NFD Top Five All Surge To Victory
National First Division log leaders, Baroka FC, continued their march towards automatic promotion with a 1-0 win over AmaZulu, while Witbank Spurs and Royal Eagles overpowered Cape Town All Stars and FC Cape Town respectively by the same score-line.
In addition, Highlands Park and Milano United maintained pressure on the top two outfits following their 2-0 successes over lower opposition.
In Durban, Bakgaga substitute, Sphamandla Sangweni, grabbed the winning goal. But minutes earlier, Usuthu’s usually reliable Marc van Heerden put his penalty wide. This costly error has put a serious dampener on his side’s chances of reaching the PSL.
Siyavutha’s third away win in the Mother City, thanks to a strike by their veteran Zimbabwean, Peter Mubayiwa, took them up to 44 points, two behind Baroka, however it left Igugu Lekapa mid-table and way behind in the title chase.
The Lions of the North, who have the second best goal difference (+17) after Baroka, remain in third spot following a goal in each half at Makhulong, where Peter Shalulile and Zivai Varenga ensured another three- point haul against struggling Thanda Royal Zulu.
Eezy my Kinnes are still fourth after neatly dispatching relegation-threatened African Warriors with efforts from Gregory Roelf and Nasief Morris.
Eagles recorded their 12th win in Parow when former Bafana Bafana striker, Katlego Mphela, netted from the spot after an infringement by the African Beasts’ goalkeeper.
This exciting match watched by the visitors’ chairman, Sbu Mpisane and his entire family, had a dramatic late twist which saw Eagles’ shot stopper, Xolani Ngcobo, red carded but good work by his replacement, Nimrode Tsengwa, means the KZN outfit still has a good chance of promotion.
But Mbombela United yet again dropped vital points during a goalless home draw with Vasco da Gama, although the Cape side under Sammy Troughton for the first time, will be grateful for their precious point.
Black Leopards, who are now almost completely out of the race, were held to a 1-1 draw by last-placed Moroka Swallows in Thohoyandou.
Lidoda Duvha’s Roggert Nyundu and Aleni Lebyane were the goal scorers.
In another relegation clash in Mthatha, there were also no goals between the home side, Bucks, and Santos.