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The battle for top three finish intensify in the NFD

THERE was flood of goals on Saturday afternoon in the National First Division with 19 goals scored in six matches, WRITES NAKAMPE LEKWADU.

With Thanda Royal Zulu destined for an automatic promotion, the battle for the second and third position is intensifying wherein five clubs are involved in a closely contest.

The biggest winner in today’s matches is Stellenbosch FC who went on a rampage, beating fellow rookies, Mthatha Bucks 4-0 to claim the second position with 43 points from 26 matches, pushing AmaZulu to the 4th position with 41 points after they narrowly lost 3-2 away to Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium to the 4th position.

Initially AmaZulu had claim the second position after their 3-1 victory over Cape Town All Stars last Sunday to beat Leopards to the second position after the Thohoyandou based side lost 2-0 to Jomo Cosmos midweek.

For their effort on beating Usuthu, Lidoda Duvha are now third on the log with 43 points but a goal difference against Stellenbosch separate them.

Other clubs who are fiercely contesting for the second and third position finish include Royal Eagles who beat fellow KwaZulu-Natal side, Real Kings 1-0 to claim the 5th position with 40 points with Mpumalanga based sides, Witbank Spurs and Mbombela United also claiming 3-2 and 3-0 victories over Milano United and Santos respectively.

Both Spurs and United are on 6th and 7th on the log with 40 points each and it remain.

With Santos look (16th position with 18 points) set to be destined for relegation, the challenge is now on Magesi FC (15th position with 25 points) who have a mammoth task tomorrow afternoon when they face Thanda Royal Zulu away at Umhlathuzi Sports Complex.

Zulu need nothing but victory in that match to guarantee their top position on the log while Magesi are also desperate to avoin the chop

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