The National First Division (NFD) kicks off 2016 with seven matches, spread over Saturday and Sunday.
In addition, Santos will host Mthatha Bucks at Athlone next week Tuesday.
All matches kick off at 15H30.
Saturday, January 09, 2016
Moroka Swallows (16th) v Black Leopards (8th) – Dobsonville Stadium
This game pits two former Absa Premiership clubs against each other, the two sides also having met in last season’s promotion-relegation play-offs. Swallows have not won in 10 games in the league, but did beat FC Cape Town 4-0 in the cup, before losing to Mthatha Bucks in their final game of 2015. Lidoda Duvha won two of three NFD matches prior to Christmas.
Witbank Spurs (2nd) v Cape Town All Stars (4th) Puma Rugby Stadium
Spurs won back-to-back matches before the break, while Stars have to go back five games for their last league win, the Cape side searching for a first victory under new coach Ian Taylor. Both sides will be looking for more goals – Spurs have 18 this term, Stars 15, the two lowest tallies in the top five.
African Warriors (13th) v Milano United (9th) – Charles Mopeli Stadium
Warriors drew their last two matches of 2015, and have shown some improved form to win two of their last five games, losing just once. Boebie Solomons’ Milano have battled for consistency – their last five results read: loss, win, loss, win, win.
Baroka FC (1st) v AmaZulu (7th) – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Ten points from their last four outings saw the Limpopo side ending the year on top of the standings, two points above Spurs. AmaZulu have blown hot and cold this season, and go into Saturday’s match without a win in their last two fixtures.
Royal Eagles (5th) v FC Cape Town (15th) – Harry Gwala Stadium
Eagles have claimed 10 points from their last five matches, but are winless in the two games before the break. The KZN side will be eyeing maximum points, and a possible top three place, if other results go their way. The African Beasts, with Johnny Ferreira now at the helm, ended last year with a draw against Baroka FC, a result that broke a five match losing streak.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Thanda Royal Zulu (11th) v Highlands Park (6th) – Umhlathuze Sports Complex
Thanda will need an improved performance in 2016 if they are to push for a promotion play-off place, as they have done several times in recent years. The KZN team have won only one of their last five games and will be tested against a Highlands Park side in good form this season, Alan Freese’s men coming in to this game with three wins in their last five games.
Vasco Da Gama (12th) v Mbombela United (3rd) – Parow Park
The Cape side have shown improved form to claim four points from their last two matches, opening up some breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone. Mbombela however are flying high in their debut season, having scored the second most number of goals in the league to currently occupy a top three place. The two clubs met just a few weeks back, in the Nedbank Cup, with Mbombela winning 3-2 in Cape Town, Bongani Ndhlovu netting a brace.