AmaZulu Hit Top Spot, Leopards Second
Unbeaten AmaZulu shot to the top of the NFD log after overpowering University of Pretoria 3-0, Black Leopards hammered Milano United 4-0, while there were also victories for Stellenbosch FC, FC Cape Town, Witbank Spurs and Jomo Cosmos.
Usuthu, thanks to a brace from veteran striker, Siyabonga Nomvethe, which included a penalty and Mabhuti Kenyeza’s strike, easily dispatched Shaun Bartlett’s AmaTuks in KZN.
Lidoda Duvha grabbed second spot when they condemned Eezy my Kinnes to their third loss with Sphelele Mkhulise (2), Ivan Mahangwahaya and Phathutshedzo Nange becoming the club’s heroes in a hot Thohoyandou.
Sammy Troughton’s Stellenbosch outwitted big-spending Royal Eagles 2-1 at home as Letsi Koapeng and Zaid Patel eased the pressure on the coach, while Cebo Masena netted for the Maritzburg-based outfit.
It was a far better day at the office for the African Beasts, who outshone Real Kings in an exciting Parow encounter. The KZN team took the lead in the second minute via Mmiseni Ndlovu’s penalty.
But some clever substitutions by FC Cape Town head coach, Johnny Ferreira, eventually wore down the visitors and it came to no surprise when Julius Likontsane (penalty) and Vuyisile Ntombayithethi sealed the game at 2-1.
Spurs moved into the top six after recording a 2-0 win over struggling Magesi FC. Their goals came via Mhlabine Mahlatse and Joshua Sauls.
Ezenkosi beat Mthatha Bucks 1-0 in the North West to move out of the relegation zone, a result which leaves the Eastern Cape outfit fourth.
Mxolisi Macuphu netted for Cosmos.
The Cape derby between Cape Town All Stars and Santos produced six goals, three a piece, however credit must go to the People’s Team. They fought back from a 3-1 deficit to grab a vital point following substitute Emil Sambou’s quick brace in the dying minutes.
Earlier, a Waseem Isaacs’ finish coupled with Lesvin Stoffels’ double left Igugu Lekapa in cruise mood, but just as their new coach, Patrick Mabedi, was about to celebrate his club’s first victory, up popped the talented Gambian international.
Thanda Royal Zulu could only manage a 1-1 away draw against Mbombela United.
Clifford Mulenga opened the score for United before Mhlengi Cele’s equaliser.