Thanda On Brink Of Promotion, Santos on Brink Of Relegation
Thanda Royal Zulu are on the brink of automatic promotion after beating Magesi 2-1, while Stellenbosch FC and Black Leopards moved into the play-off positions following exciting home victories over Mthatha Bucks and AmaZulu respectively.
In addition, Royal Eagles and Witbank Spurs both grabbed their 40th point with well-earned wins.
Amabhubhesi are now ten points ahead of Stellenbosch and could be crowned NFD champions next Wednesday, thanks efforts from Evander Spandiel and Khotso Malope.
Sammy Troughton’s team, for whom Stanley Muishond scored a fantastic hat-trick (to bring his total to 8), crushed Bucks 4-0 at the Athlone Stadium.
Lidoda Duvha’s 3-2 victory over Usuthu means they’re level on points (43) with Stellenbosch but with an inferior goal difference.
Mwape Musonda, Phathutshedzo Nange and Siyanda Masongo netted for David Thidiela’s outfit, while Ovidy Karuru and Mabhuti Khenyeza were on target for Usuthu.
Fifth-placed Eagles sit a point behind AmaZulu after pipping Real Kings 1-0 at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, where an own goal did the damage.
In another five-goal thriller, Siyavutha kept their chances alive by beating lowly Milano United 3-2 as Dumisani Gamede, Bongani Shabalala and Patrick Mubayiwa put their names on the score sheet.
There was also joy for Mbombela United, who easily over ran last-placed Santos 3-0 in KaNyamazane.
Two cracking goals from Tshediso Patjie and Thami Masiya paved the way for this success.
The People’s Team are now on the brink of relegation and Eezy my Kinnes sit one point from the drop zone.
However, the Mother City’s two other strugglers, Cape Town All Stars and FC Cape Town, both picked up important 1-0 victories at the expense of University of Pretoria and Jomo Cosmos respectively.
A single strike by Nyembezi Setelele was sufficient for Igugu Lekapa to move up to 12th place.
The African Beasts can thank Lucky Nguzana for his neat second-half finish.
During the opening session, Ezenkosi were fortunate when Errol Dicks’ team failed to convert an early penalty. Despite the chairman shouting for Nguzana to take the spot kick, Siphelele Hleleni stepped up but his shot was well blocked by goalkeeper, Davies Modiba.