The NFD rookies meet in Mthatha, former PSL clubs AmaZulu and Santos clash in Durban, and log leaders Baroka FC face a resurgent Cape Town All Stars at Athlone in some of the weekend highlights.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Black Leopards v Witbank Spurs – Thohoyandou Stadium
Leopards are unbeaten in their last five matches, but will go into Saturday’s match in the back of three consecutive draws, which has left them eight points off the play-off zone. Spurs are in red hot form; they head to the Limpopo with four wins from their last four encounters.
FC Cape Town (12th) v Thanda Royal Zulu (13th) – NNK Rugby Stadium
The Cape side shocked log leaders Baroka FC 1-0 away from home last Sunday, a third win in five matches punching the Cape side four points clear of the drop zone. Thanda have managed just two points from the last possible 15 and are in danger of getting sucked into the drop zone.
African Warriors (15th) v Moroka Swallows (16th) – Charles Mopeli Stadium
Warriors like Thanda, and Swallows, are on a slippery slide – one point from their last five seeing the Free State side dropping into the relegation zone. Swallows have lost their last five matches and prop up the standings, three points behind Warriors, having failed to win a league match since last September.
Cape Town All Stars (6th) v Baroka FC (1st) – Athlone Stadium
A change of coaching personnel paid dividends last weekend as Stars ended a three match losing streak by beating Vasco da Gama. They now face a potentially greater hurdle in the form of pace-setting Baroka FC, who would have been stung by their home reverse to FC Cape Town last weekend.
Highlands Park (4th) v Vasco Da Gama (11th) – Makhulong Stadium
Three wins and two draws in their last five matches has seen Highlands Park showing the type of consistency need to make the play-offs. The same can’t be said for Vasco, who are only four points above the drop zone in what has been a frustrating year so far for the men from Parow.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
AmaZulu (8th) v Santos (10th) – Princess Magogo Stadium
The former giants of the PSL go head to head as Zeca Marques takes his Santos side up the coast to take on an AmaZulu side coached by Steve Barker and now assisted by Delron Buckley. The likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Zaid Patel have been doing the business for Usuthu, but the KZN side have taken only one point from their last two matches. The Peoples’ Team are also yet to find top gear this year, with only four point earned in their last five games.
Milano United (7th) v Royal Eagles (3rd) – Athlone Stadium
Milano’s five match winning streak was ended when they lost 2-0 to Witbank Spurs last weekend. Eagles meanwhile made it three wins from three when they beat African Warriors last weekend to move into the top three.
Mthatha Bucks (14th) v Mbombela United (5th) – Mthatha Stadium
The two teams promoted from the Second Division meet for the second time this season. Mbombela United won the first round encounter 3-1, and also beat Bucks in the play-off final last year. Both teams ended a run of four matches without a win last weekend, Amathol’amnyama beating Swallows 2-1 while Mbombela triumphed 3-1 over AmaZulu.
MARC VAN HEERDEN – AMAZULU
KGABO MASHIANE – BLACK LEOPARDS
RANGA CHIVAVIRO – CAPE TOWN ALL STARS
MOTHOBI MVALA, RUDI ISAACS – HIGHLANDS PARK
SIYETHEMBA MNGUNI – MBOMBELA UNITED
BRANDON JUNIOR THERON – MILANO UNITED
REPO MALEPE – MOROKA SWALLOWS
KARABO LITABE – ROYAL EAGLES
MICHAEL GUMEDE, NZUZO LUTHULI – THANDA ROYAL ZULU
DOCTOR SKHOSANA, THABO MAKHELE – WITBANK SPURS