Meanwhile, bottom-of-the-log Mthatha Bucks failed to take advantage of Ubuntu Cape Town’s absence.
Sphiwe Mahlangu, Mothobi Mvala, Sabelo Nyembe and Peter Shalulile all scored as the Lions of the North crushed Tshakhuma at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon, taking them to a points tally which cannot be overhauled by any of their chasers.
The only reason Highlands have not been officially crowned NFD champions is because Real Kings (whose scheduled match against Ubuntu was pushed to Tuesday due to the latter’s participation in the Nedbank Cup) and Black Leopards can still match the leader’s points tally and perhaps edge them on goal difference.
But given that this scenario would only come about if Highlands lose all of their remaining five matches, Kings and Leopards win all of theirs, and there is a massive swing in the goal difference (Highlands +41, Kings +8, Leopards +16), it’s safe to say the Makhulong-based side will be playing in the Premiership later this year.
Other notable results saw Bucks lose 1-0 away to Witbank Spurs to move ever closer to relegation, Jomo Cosmos claimed a thumping 4-2 win at Richards Bay to claim third place, while Leopards are second after they beat Stellenbosch 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The NFD will continue with the catch-up match between Ubuntu and Real Kings on Tuesday, followed by a full set of fixtures next weekend, April 7 and 8.
NFD weekend results
Saturday, March 31 Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 0-4 Highlands Park
Witbank Spurs 1-0 Mthatha Bucks
Richards Bay 2-4 Jomo Cosmos
Uthongathi FC 1-1 Super Eagles
Sunday, April 1 Black Leopards 3-1 Stellenbosch FC
Mbombela United 1-1 Cape Town All Stars
Royal Eagles 0-0 Pretoria University.