Royal Eagles Finally Win, Stellenbosch & AmaTuks Breakaway
National First Division Wrap
National First Division promotion hopefuls, University of Pretoria, thrashed Mbombela United 4-1, while Stellenbosch FC and Highlands Park recorded 1-0 victories over Mthatha Bucks and Ubuntu Cape Town respectively.
In addition, there were also wins for Royal Eagles and Super Eagles but Witbank Spurs threw away a 2-goal lead to eventually draw 2-2 with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC.
Stellenbosch and AmaTuks remain neck and neck at the top of the table on 14 and 13 points each, with their closest rivals on 9.
Steve Barker’s team broke Bucks’ unbeaten record thanks to Abednigo Mosiatlhaga’s strike and a superb hat-trick from Gabriel Moseki secured Tuks’ fourth win in a row.
Highlands bounced back from three straight defeats to overpower Ubuntu in Makhulong, where a penalty from Peter Shalulile gave his new coach, Owen da Gama, something to cheer about.
On the other hand, his opposite number, Roger Links, is coming under enormous pressure as Ubuntu’s problems continue to mount.
In fact, the Cape rookies sunk to the foot of the log after Royal Eagles grabbed their first 3-point haul by dismantling Richards Bay 3-2 in an exciting KZN derby.
Eagles’ goals came from Boikanyo Komane, Diego Brown and Kwanele Hlongwane, while Thabiso Nkoana and Sphelele Mkhulise were on target for Roger Sikhakhane’s outfit.
Another man under pressure is Black Leopards’ Jean Losciuto, whose team hasn’t won since the season’s opening day.
His latest result, a goalless stalemate with Cape Town All Stars, has already cost Igugu Lekapa’s coach, David Kannemeyer, his job and it remains to be seen whether Lidoda Duvha’s boss will follow suit by also sacking the Belgium.
Super Eagles continued their improving form by overpowering previously unbeaten Real Kings 1-0 at Goble Park with Thabo Setsumi hitting the winning goal.
After netting twice in the first ten minutes via Slovo Mrawu and Moses Raphepele, Siyavuthi couldn’t maintain their advantage.
The match between Jomo Cosmos and Uthongathi FC ended 1-1 in Gauteng.
Interestingly, the gap between unbeaten Stellenbosch and winless Ubuntu already stands at 10 points.