Shock results in National First Division
Posted: 4 October 2010 Time: 6:57 am
There were some shock results in the NFD Inland Stream with rookies FC AK holding former PSL giants Jomo Cosmos to a goalless draw, and Black Leopards losing 2-1 at home to Witbank Spurs, while at the coast, Sammy Troughton's Nathi Lions knocked leaders African Warriors of their pedestal, winning 3-1.
Furthermore, Dynamos and Thanda Royal Zulu picked up their first victories, each downing United FC and struggling Blackburn Rovers 1-0, respectively. FC AK was not overawed at the occasion, taking the game to the hard-tackling Ezenkosi, and with a bit of luck could have grabbed all three points at Eldorado Park. Man of the match was their teenage goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, who made a handful of excellent saves, while Houston Hills showed some glimpses of form but should have done better than driving past the upright in the 33rd minute. Black Leopards suffered their first loss as Witbank Spurs upset last season's winners at Tshifulanani – with goals coming from Sipho 'Chuku' Malapane and Doctor Skhosana. Despite travelling the long distance from Polokwane to Kimberley, Pat Malabela's Dynamos showed good character and resilience, especially in defence, and thanks to Booler Shabalala's close range strike in the 75th minute have now moved off the foot of the log. Sandile Ndlovu should have made it 2-0 in the final minute but the ball went past the post. United FC also missed numerous opportunities at their new home, De Beers Stadium, which dampened any chance of immediately attracting fans to pro soccer in the Diamond City. In another match, University of Pretoria condemned Batua FC to bottom of the table on Friday night following Phethego Maebela's brace in their 2-0 home win. In the Inland Stream, Nathi Lions gave Warriors a good 3-1 hiding at Princess Magogo where Christopher Komane, Siyabonga Shoyisa and Ntuthuko Dlamini did the damage. However, FC Cape Town still tops the table by three points after easily overcoming Hanover Park 3-0 in Wynberg with Waseem Isaacs, Darren Dicks and Josef Lekata on the score-sheet. At Charles Mopeli, Carara Kicks and Bay United produced no goals, which leave Ducan Lechesa's side lurking near the drop zone, just two points above Blackburn, who lost yet again.
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