NFD Weekend Round-up!

There were wins for African Warriors, AmaZulu, Black Leopards, Royal Eagles and Santos after the dust had settled on an interesting afternoon’s NFD action.

imageLeopards, who announced Kosta Papic as their coach on Friday, ended a five game winless streak when they beat Vasco da Gama 2-0 at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lidoda Duvha’s two main attacking threats, Roggert Nyundu and Leonard Ntshangase, were on the score-sheet for the hosts.

AmaZulu meanwhile secured a 2-1 win over Highlands Park at the Princess Magogo Stadium. After a goal-less first half, Highlands Park netted first when Mothibi Mvala headed in an Auguston Leonard cross. But Usuthu leveled the game when Mphele Refentse notched an own goal, before Mark van Heerden’s free kick sealed the win 10 minutes from time for the KZN side.

Royal Eagles kept their good run of form going when they took all three points from their trip to Mthatha Bucks, where Sandile Kubheka scored the only goal of the game on 20 minutes as he netted from a rebound. Eagles keeper Siya Mgoma proved to be the difference as he denied Bucks’ Moses Spandeel several times in the second stanza.

Down in Cape Town, a tightly contested derby ended in a 1-0 win for Santos over FC Cape Town at the NNK Rugby Stadium. In the end, and for the second game running, it took a late goal from Suhayl Allie to seal the win for the Peoples’ Team. The home side ended the game with 10 men and also had a goal ruled off-sides.

Cape Town All Stars were forced to come from two goals down before being able to grab a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Mbombela United at Athlone.

The Mpumalanga side went in front after the restart when Mlungisi Mbunjana put the ball in his own net before Siyethemba Mnguni doubled the advantage. But Igugu Lekpa fought back with goals from Thumelo Bodibe and a Tshwarelo Bereng free kick to earn point.

Moroka Swallows earned themselves a point when they came from a goal down to draw 1-1 Witbank Spurs. Spurs scored in the first half through Humphrey Khoza before Aleni Lebyane equalised for the Birds.

African Warriors secured a much-needed win, springing clear of the relegation zone as they beat Thanda Royal Zulu at the Charles Mopeli Stadium. Getting the goals for the Free Staters were Ange Lebayi and Bonginkosi Nxumalo.

In the only match on Sunday, a solitary goal by NFD leading goalscorer, Thabiso Kutumela was enough for Baroka FC to bag all three points away to Milano United.