Thanda slump to draw with Black Aces

2011-08-24 00:00

THANDA Royal Zulu missed out on a chance to top the National First Division (NFD) log, fluffing a flurry of scoring opportunities during their 0-0 draw against visiting Mpumalanga Black Aces in Richards Bay at the weekend.

Thanda had to settle for fourth place after playing two rounds of matches.

The clash was keenly awaited as Thanda coach Neil Tovey had a score to settle with Aces, who fired him unceremoniously while still campaigning in the Premiership.

And following Thanda’s good start to the season — they surprised FC Cape Town in the Mother City with a 1-0 win — expectations for another win heightened.

It was not to be as Craig Roslee’s men frustrated the home side and returned home to Witbank with a crucial point.

Tovey will, however, take comfort in the impressive display by his key players, notably Joseph Mthombeni, Asanda Mvalo and Peter Wadabwa, going into the next matches.

Thanda should capitalise on their home advantage when they clash with United FC in Richards Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, University of Pretoria shot to the top of the log after posting a 2-1 win over African Warriors in the Free State. Thokozani Sekhotlong netted for Steve Barker’s men while the winning goal came via an own goal through Nqabile Mapela.

The Pretoria side have collected six points from two games so far.

Newcomers Sivutsa Stars from Mpumalanga and Chippa United from Cape Town continued a good run in the NFD. Sivutsa registered a 2-1 win over United FC.

Weekend fixtures

Saturday (all 3 pm kickoff)

University of Pretoria v Dynamos (Absa Stadium), Thanda v United FC (Richards Bay), Nathi Lions v Black Aces (Puma Rugby Stadium), FC AK v Blackburn Rovers (Eldorado Park) Sunday (all 3 pm kickoff) Sivutsa v Bay Utd (Kanyamazane), FC Cape Town v African Warriors (NNK Rugby Stadium), Carara Kicks v Witbank Spurs (Charles Mopeli), Vasco da Gama v Chippa United (Parow Park)

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