Highlands Grab A Nine-Point Lead
National First Division Wrap
National First Division log leaders, Highlands Park, grabbed a nine-point lead after thrashing Jomo Cosmos 4-0, Real Kings moved back into second spot with a 1-0 win over Richards Bay while, Black Leopards now occupy fourth place following a 2-0 success against Mbombela United.
In addition, Stellenbosch FC and University of Pretoria both dropped vital points to lowly Ubuntu Cape Town and Mthatha Bucks respectively.
The Lions of the North, with strikes from Mothobi Mvala, Peter Shalulile, Sphiwe Mahlangu and Sabelo Nyembe showed Ezenkosi, who was best at Vosloorus Stadium.
At the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, Kings’ Ntsako Makhubela hit the winner for his club’s 35th point.
Lidoda Duvha, for whom Karabo Tshepe and Mwape Musonda were on target, leapfrogged Cosmos and AmaTuks, who could only manage a 1-1 draw against Bucks.
Shaun Bartlett’s team led through Zithulele Mhlontlo’s goal before Bucks‘winger, Uhuru Mwambungu, equalised in the 88th minute.
There was also a 1-1 stalemate in Parow, where Iqraam Rayners gave Stellenbosch the lead but Gerome Heutchou-Kuilong ensured Ubuntu’s solitary point.
In fact, the weekend produced two further 1-1 results with Royal Eagles and Uthongathi FC battling it out in a hard-fought KZN derby while, Super Eagles and Witbank Spurs did the same at Goble Park.
Diyo Sibisi opened the scoring for the Cane Cutters prior to Dillan Solomons levelling matters.
Spurs’ Peter Mubayiwa was the first to hit the target however, Modibedi Mokoena made certain his side didn’t lose.
Igugu Lekapa, thanks to Shaquille Abrahams and Shaheed Abrahams coupled with Mickyle Jackson’s strike, moved within 4 points of a play-off spot after easily beating Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC 3-1.