There are seven National First Division games this weekend, starting with a Cape Town derby at the Athlone Stadium on Friday, the Limpopo derby on Saturday another highlight to look forward to.
Friday, February 05, 2016
Cape Town All Stars (6th) v Santos (10th) – Athlone Stadium
Both teams would love a three point haul, Santos having failed to win in 2016, while Cape Town All Stars have slipped out of the top three after two straight defeats. As usual, local fans can expect a full-blooded Cape derby as Ian Taylor leads his side into battle against Zeca Marques charges, both teams boosted by a string of new arrivals in the January transfer window.
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Black Leopards (9th) v Baroka FC (1st) – Thohoyandou Stadium
Leopards have been in good form this year, winning two and drawing two and still have a shot at making the play-offs if their form continues. Log leaders Baroka FC appear to have a steely determination about them, having battled really hard this year, winning three tight games and fighting back for a 2-2 draw in the fourth.
FC Cape Town (14th) v Vasco Da Gama (11th) – NNK Rugby Stadium
About as close and local a derby as one can get, Vasco trek across the road to play their struggling near-neighbours, FC Cape Town, who have lost three of their last four matches, conceding 14 goals in the process. Vasco have not had the best of seasons either, and have just one more win than the African Beasts, but do go into Saturday’s match on the back of a 1-0 victory over African Warriors.
African Warriors (13th) v Witbank Spurs (3rd) – Charles Mopeli Stadium
Warriors have found themselves slipping closer to the drop zone after claiming just one point in 2016, the Free State side only three points clear of the relegation area. Spurs will be looking for a third straight win after victories over Mthatha Bucks and Santos.
Royal Eagles (7th) v Moroka Swallows (16th) – King Zwelithini Stadium
Eagles have shown decent form in the new year, claiming seven out of 12 points, with Siyanda Ngubo amongst the goals for the Durban-based team. Swallows meanwhile prop up the foot of the table with only one point from four matches in 2016, the goals conceded tally becoming an increasing concern as well.
Highlands Park (4th) v Mbombela United (5th) – Makhulong Stadium
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Highlands Park are in only their second season in the NFD, while Mbombela are league rookies. Its thus great credit to the two clubs that they find themselves in the promotion mix as the season nears the two thirds point. Highlands have won three out of four this year, while Mbombela have drawn their last three matches.
Mthatha Bucks (15th) v AmaZulu (8th) – Mthatha Stadium
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Bucks showed some forms of improved form towards the end of last year, but after winning their first match of 2016, they have claimed only a single point in three matches, their last two games ending in defeat. AmaZulu meanwhile are together with Milano United and Baroka FC, the form team in the NFD right now, three wins and 11 goals scored in their last three matches testament to that.
THEMBINKOSI LORCH – CAPE TOWN ALL STARS
MASHALE RANTABANE – MTHATHA BUCKS
MASELAELO SEANEGO, KABELO MAHLASELA – ROYAL EAGLES