Ngwenya’s equaliser keeps Thanda in third

2011-09-14 00:00

THANDA Royal Zulu coach Neil Tovey’s faith in Manqoba “Shakes” Ngwenya was vindicated when the former Mamelodi Sundowns player helped secure a crucial point away to Atlie FC in Gauteng on Friday night.

Making his debut for the Richards Bay side and with a few minutes remaining, Ngwenya stabbed home the equaliser much to the chagrin of the home team.

The result sees Thanda remain in third place, two points behind leaders University of Pretoria in the National First Division log.

Tovey’s men have collected eight points, while Steve Barker’s side have got 10 from four rounds of matches.

Despite the Steve Barker-led side being held to a goalless draw by Cape Town rookies Chippa United, they still enjoy a one-point gap on top of the log.

“We did not know what to expect and came up against a good ball-playing side. I’m happy with the point, but obviously a win would be better. Chippa is a good team with good players and we got a positive result and that’s what is important,” said Barker.

Former PSL side Black Aces threw away a two goal-lead to allow African Warriors to register a 3-2 win.

Veterans Marawaan Bantam and Edward Williams had all but ensured that Craig Roslee’s side would register a win before a lapse of concentration allowed the visitors from Free State to stage a strong comeback.

All results: Chippa United 0 — Pretoria University 0, Bay United 0 — Vasco da Gama 1, Witbank Spurs 1 — Sivutsa FC 0, Dynamos 1 — FC Cape Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1 — Carara Kicks 0, African Warriors 3 — Black Aces 2

Weekend fixtures:

Friday: Thanda v African Warriors (Richards Bay, 3 pm), Tuks v Bay Utd (Absa Tuks, 8 pm)

Saturday (3 pm kick-offs), Atlie FC v United FC (Sinaba), Black Aces v Dynamos (Puma Rugby)

Sunday: FC Cape Town v Chippa Utd (NK Rugby), Vasco da Gama v Witbank Spurs (Parow Park), Carara Kicks v FC AK (Phutaditjaba), Sivutsa Stars v Blackburn Rovers (Kwanyamazane)

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