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15 Apr 2016
1:25 pm

Can Swallows win second game consecutively?

Sibongiseni Gumbi 

With Moroka Swallows having won their first game in five months when they beat FC Cape Town 2-1 last weekend, it will be interesting to see how the Dube Birds fare against high flying Highlands Park on Saturday afternoon.

Coldrin Coetzee of Milano United, Mfundo Ntsele of African Warriors and Chad Robertson of Milano United during the National First Division match between Milano United A.F.C and African Warriors at Athlone Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Swallows will have some confidence back as they host the Lions of the North, but winning a second game in succession  could prove too much of an ask for the National First Division relegation candidates.

Allan Freese’s Highlands have been in scintillating form lately and have climbed up to second position, and are two points behind leaders, Baroka FC.  An unlikely win for the Dube Birds could just be a miracle the Soweto team needs to stave off relegation. Swallows are bottom of the NFD standings and trail 15th placed by two points.

Baroka meanwhile have a tricky encounter against Vasco Da Gama away in Cape Town. Kgoloko Thobejane will hope his team will forget the disappointing 1-1 draw they scored last weekend and get back to winning ways to maintain their lead.

Third placed Witbank Spurs will be involved in a Mpumalanga derby against Mbombela United. If Mbombela lose, their chances of making the promotional play-offs will be dashed but Spurs, who have expressed their wish of clinching the automatic promotion, can also ill afford to not collect full points.

Another derby will be in KwaZulu-Natal , where Royal Eagles will hope to resuscitate their promotion hopes with a win over AmaZulu at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

NFD Fixtures

Saturday

Moroka Swallows v Highlands Park, Dobsonville Stadium; Witbank Spurs v Mbombela United, Puma Rugby Stadium; African Warriors v Cape Town All Stars, Charles Mopeli Stadium; Milano United v FC Cape Town, Athlone Stadium; Vasco Da Gama v Baroka, Parrow Park Stadium; Royal Eagles v AmaZulu, Harry Gwala Stadium. All games are set for a 3pm start.

Sunday

Black Leopards v Mthatha Bucks, Thohoyandou Stadium; Thanda Royal Zulu v Santos, Umhlathuze Sports Complex Stadium. All games set for a 3pm start.