NFD wrap: FC Cape Town stun Baroka

Katlego Mphela of Royal Eagles (90) celebrates goal with teammates during the National First Division 2015/16  match between Royal Eagles and African Warriors at Harry Gwala Stadium (Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix)

Katlego Mphela of Royal Eagles (90) celebrates goal with teammates during the National First Division 2015/16 match between Royal Eagles and African Warriors at Harry Gwala Stadium (Muzi Ntombela/Backpagepix)

Log leaders Baroka FC suffered a shock 1-0 loss to FC Cape Town, as Royal Eagles thump African Warriors 3-0 to close the gap on them to just four points with 19 games played so far.

Baroka FC 0-1 FC Cape Town
It was a game of missed chances for Baroka FC, who missed the services of top goal scorer, the injured Thabiso Kutumela. After the home side had peppered the FC Cape Town goal for most of the afternoon, the African Beasts performed a late smash and grab thanks to Simphiwe Gwala’s added time goal.

Royal Eagles 3-0 African Warriors

Royal Eagles were in command throughout the game at the Harry Gwala Stadium. The win was inspired by a brace from Katlego Mphela, one of his goals a penalty, George Sedwyn having netted Eagles’ first as the KZN side moved fourth, behind Highlands Park only on goal difference, while African Warriors find themselves in the drop zone.

Mbombela United 3-1 AmaZulu

The home side, buoyed by a capacity crowd at the KaNyamazane Stadium, ended a run of four consecutive draws in style as they put Usuthu to the sword. The visitors scored first when Zaid Patel pounced on a loose ball from close range after 10 minutes.

But Mbombela hit back with a goal from Sifiso Thomo to make it 1-1 at the break before a Victor Shongwe penalty after a Robyn Johannes hand-ball and then a goal by Phetolo Sekome secured maximum points for the Mpumalanga team.

Witbank Spurs 2-0 Milano FC

First half goals from Thabang Klaas and Bongane Mathabela in Witbank took Spurs to within one point of log leaders Baroka FC, who host FC Cape Town on Sunday. For Milano the defeat ended a five-match winning sequence.

Vasco da Gama 1-2 Cape Town All Stars

All Stars were down to 10 men at Parow Park when Ranga Chivaviro was sent off on 35 minutes, Vasco going in front in the 44th minute after Mbulelo Wambi bundled the ball in from a goalmouth scramble. But Stars were back in the game three minutes into the second half when Thembinkosi Lorch converted Thokozani Sekhotlong’s cross. Lorch completed his brace and secured all three points with a goal 12 minutes from time.

Moroka Swallows 1-2 Mthatha Bucks

Swallows drew first blood in the 25th minute when Boysen Mbatha struck. But the Eastern Cape side were on level terms just before the interval through a Moses Spandeel goal. The winner came 20 minutes from time, via substitute Sibongiseni Madikane. The win took Bucks clear of the relegation zone for the first time this season, although that could change on Sunday.

Thanda Royal Zulu 2-2 Black Leopards

It was a see-saw game in Richards Bay, as the home side went 1-0 up through Christoph Komane, only for Leopards to strike back with two goals by Djunga Munganga and Lebo Mabotja to take a 2-1 lead, Thanda securing a last gasp point thanks to Michael Gumede’s late effort.

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