There are some mouth-watering clashes to look forward to in the National First Division this weekend, not least the showdown between Mthatha Bucks and AmaZulu.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Mthatha Bucks v AmaZulu – Mthatha Stadium
Two years ago, the two clubs were separated by two divisions. Now, it’s a top of the table NFD clash between two sides that have both won their opening two matches.
“One thing for sure we will go out there and fight to try, and produce the positive result we need. But we know that they are also on fire and they are also unbeaten,” AmaZulu coach Joey Antipas remarked on the Usuthu website.
“It will be one hell of a game. The ball is round and they are playing at home, and we are away. So we have to go out there and fight for a positive result.”
Bucks are boosted by the return of two key players up front – Petros Ngebo and Andile Njokweni.
Milano United AFC v Jomo Cosmos – Parow Park
Perennial promotion candidates Milano have made a disappointing start – two defeats in two games. Cosmos are yet to show their intentions – since their demotion from the top flight Ezenkosi have managed two draws. In seven previous encounters, each club has won three games.
University of Pretoria v FC Cape Town – Tuks Stadium
Tuks will be looking for a third successive victory over Cape opposition after beating All Stars and Stellenbosch already this season. FC Cape Town have claimed only one point this season. The match sees African Beasts keeper Lebo Ngubeni up against his former side, following his off-season transfer down to the Cape.
“It will be like a home coming for me, but I am going there to represent FC Cape Town. I am grateful to them (Tuks) for giving me opportunity all those years but now I am representing FC Cape Town and I am going to give it my all come weekend.
“FC Cape Town is my home now, I just need to stamp my authority in goal and concede less goals as possible,” he told the Cape team’s website.
Royal Eagles v Cape Town All Stars – Harry Gwala Stadium
Eagles have managed only a point so far this season. All Stars, who parted ways with head coach Mlungisi Professor Ngubane this week, have failed to pick up any points this season. Assistant coach Dylan Deane will lead them into battle against Kosta Papic’s Eagles.
Magesi FC v Stellenbosch FC – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
The NFD rookies picked up their first points of the season last weekend, with a 3-2 win away at FC Cape Town, Noah Maimela netting a brace. Stellenbosch have lost to Mthatha Bucks and AmaTuks, conceding five goals in the process.
Real Kings FC v Mbombela United – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
A 1-1 draw with Santos last weekend made it two points from two games for KZN’s latest NFD club. Mbombela bounced back from an opening day defeat to Santos to beat Milano 2-0 last weekend.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Santos v Black Leopards – Parow Park
Two former PSL clubs clash out in Cape Town’s northern suburbs as Santos coach Zeca Marques comes up against his former club. The Peoples’ Team have made a bright start with four points from two games, while Lidoda Duvha have managed only a point so far.
Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Witbank Spurs – Umhlathuze Sports Complex
Thanda are one of only four teams with a perfect record after two rounds of action. Spurs started with a win against Milano, but lost to Mthatha Bucks at home last weekend. In 10 previous encounters, Thanda have won four, Spurs three, with four matches drawn.
All games kick off at 15H00.