NFD in full swing after three-week break

2010-10-20 00:00

THE national first division (NFD) returns to full swing from a three-week break with its round-four programme this weekend.

During the break from action the activity in the NFD centred around coaching changes and player transfers.

In the Inland Stream Black Leopards­ continued with their trend of hiring and firing coaches in bizarre­ fashion as they have roped in Zimbabwean Sunday Chidzambwa to replace Johnny Ferreira, who has joined Limpopo rivals Dynamos.

Ferreira sat only once on the bench and was strangely shown the exit door.

Chidzambwa recently cut ties with Premier Soccer League side Free State Stars after three draws, citing personal reasons as the reason for his leaving.

He will be in charge for the first time when the David Thidiela-owned Leopards side visit Inland log leaders Jomo Cosmos at Makhulong Stadium on Sunday.

Ezenkosi might field veteran marksman Alton Meiring, who is on the verge of landing a contract after undergoing assessment for almost a month now.

The Cape Town-born striker’s experience might help Cosmos owner and coach Jomo Sono realise his ambition of bouncing back to top-flight football.

In the Coastal Stream, Nathi Lions will be hoping to equal leaders FC Cape Town’s 10-points tally from four games when they visit the Cape- tonians­ in the Mother City on Saturday.

Lions, who are mentored by Sammy Troughton and lie second on the log with seven points from four matches, have looked impressive away from home and will be banking on that record to return with maximum points.

There should be no more excuses for Thanda Royal Zulu coach Mlungisi “Professor” Ngubane now that his foreign quartert — DR Congo goalkeeper Dikete Takumpu, Ivorian defender Kofi Konan, Malawian Peter Odwaba and Congolese left-back Kanika Matondo — are available following­ a delay in their work permits.

Ngubane desperately needs to guide a side, which has plenty of former PSL stars, to a victory over Hanover Park at Richards Bay Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Meanwhile, bottom-rooted Blackburn Rovers will hope the arrival of former Bloemfontein Celtic striker Petrus Mahlatsi will see them move up the log when they host Carara Kicks in East London on Saturday.

 

Coastal Stream fixtures (all 3pm)

Saturday: African Warriors vs Bay United (Charles Mopeli), Thanda Royal Zulu vs Hanover Park (Richards Bay Sports Stadium), FC Cape Town vs Nathi Lions (NMK Ground), Blackburn Rovers vs Carara Kicks (Jan Smuts Stadium)

 

Inland Stream fixtures (all 3pm)

Saturday: United FC vs University of Pretoria (De Beers), Dynamos vs FC AK (Giyani)

Sunday: Witbank Spurs vs Batau FC (Puma Rugby), Jomo Cosmos vs Black Leopards (Makhulong)

 

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