NFD: title chasers go all out

2010-11-24 00:00

WITH the National First Division programme having entered the second round of matches, title-chasing teams in both Coastal and Inland Streams left nothing to chance as they registered crucial wins on the weekend.

Coastal Stream leaders Bay United took full home advantage in Port Elizabeth when they thrashed last-placed Hanover Park 4-1, while second-placed Thanda Royal Zulu had to wait for a late winner from skipper Chris Manoka against FC Cape Town in the Mother City at the weekend.

Bay, who are led by former Santos coach David Bright, now top the log with 17 points from nine matches while Professor Ngubane’s Thanda are a point behind from the same number of matches.

In another Coastal Stream encounter, fifth-placed Nathi Lions were held to a 2-2 draw by Carara Kicks in KwaMashu on Saturday.

In the Inland Stream, University of Pretoria registered a well-earned 1-0 victory over Black Leopards in Thohoyandou while Jomo Cosmos produced the same scoreline against Dynamos at Makhulong.

Cosmos, who have a match in hand against Witbank Spurs, sit just two points behind Tuks, who have collected 18 points from nine matches.

Batau FC were hammered 4-0 by FC AK at home on Sunday, which leaves them on just two points from a possible 16 and a goal difference of -11.

United FC were also in the goals as they shocked Witbank Spurs at the Puma Rugby Stadium to the tune of 3-0 and are now one of the three teams sitting on 10 points.

The PSL has announced that only three NFD Coastal and Inland Stream matches will take place on Saturday, which has been dubbed “catch-up weekend”.

African Warriors and Blackburn Rovers, who were scheduled to meet at Charles Mopeli last Saturday, will now meet at the same venue on Saturday afternoon. The Cosmos v Witbank Spurs clash takes place at Makhulong Stadium while United FC and Batau FC have a date in Kimberley.

Black Leopards, Carara Kicks, FC AK and Cosmos were fined for indiscretions that occurred recently in NFD matches that they were involved in.

Leopards paid the admission of guilt fine of R5 000 for arriving late for the pre-match meeting ahead of the clash with United FC at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium on November 6.

Kicks were fined R40 000, payable within 30 days, and the costs of the hearing (R21 000) for not having the appropriate medical staff at their NFD clash with Hanover Park at the Goble Park Stadium on November 6.

FC AK paid the admission of guilt fine of R5 000 for not providing the relevant match documents when they hosted Bay United on September 18.

Cosmos paid the admission of guilt fine of R5 000 for arriving late at the match meeting when they hosted Leopards at Makhulong Stadium on October 23.



Sunday: Batau FC 0 FC AK 4, Witbank Spurs 0 United FC 3

Saturday: Jomo Cosmos 1 Dynamos 0, Black Leopards 0 University of Pretoria 1


Saturday: United FC v Batau FC, Jomo Cosmos v Witbank Spurs




Saturday: FC Cape Town 0 Thanda Royal Zulu 1, Bay United 4 Hannover Park 1, Nathi Lions 2 Carara Kicks 2


Saturday: African Warriors v Blackburn Rovers (Charles Mopeli Stadium, 3.30 pm)





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