Back to full swing

2011-04-13 00:00

AFTER a three-week break owing to international football and Cup engagements, the National First Division (NFD) programme returns in full swing this weekend with three matches to wrap up what has been a topsy-turvy season for all teams.

Inland Stream log leaders Jomo Cosmos, who are back in the premiership as they enjoy a nine-point lead, entertain second-placed Black Leopards at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.

Ezenkosi, however, should be wary of thinking too much about the promotional play-offs finals for they could find Leopards a difficult team to crack.

The Limpopo side should be buoyed by their good run in the Nedbank Cup, as their 3-1 thrashing of BTX Liverpool sailed them to the quarter-finals.

Leopards, who are owned by veteran administrator David Thidiela, also need maximum points to stay in contention for a place in the play-offs against their Coastal Stream rivals and the premiership team ended second to last on the elite division’s log.

Meanwhile, Thanda Royal Zulu goalkeeper Oscar Ramoagodi believes the break has given them much-needed rest to recharge their batteries to launch a bid for top place in the Coastal Stream log.

Currently trailing leaders Bay United with six points, Ramagodi says beating Hanover Park, whom they host in Richards Bay, will go a long way in strengthening their bid.

“While to some the break may have broken the momentum, for us it was a blessing in disguise because it afforded us a chance to reflect on our mistakes. We must beat Hanover to realise our dream though we know it won’t be easy,” said Ramoagodi, whose team last tasted victory in early January.

Saturday fixtures (all 3 pm kickoffs)

Coastal Stream

African Warriors vs Bay Utd (Charles Mopedi), Thanda vs Hanover (Richards Bay), FC Cape Town vs Nathi Lions (NNK Rugby), Blackburn Rovers vs Carara Kicks (Buffalo City).

Inland Stream

Cosmos vs Leopards (Makhulong), United FC vs University of Pretoria (Botshapelo), Spurs vs Batau FC (Ackerville), Dynamos vs FC AK (Giyani).

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